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Cops May Have Found Body of Drew Peterson's Wife

6/5/2010 10:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There may be a huge break in the disappearance of Drew Peterson's fourth wife. TMZ has learned authorities believe they may know exactly where the body is buried, and then plan to dig for it tomorrow.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Peterson, an ex-cop who is currently behind bars awaiting trial for the murder of his third wife, told an inmate yesterday how he killed Stacy Peterson, wife number 4. Stacy's body has never been recovered.

Our sources say Peterson told the inmate he had an accomplice help him dispose of the body. The inmate then told authorities about his discussion with Peterson, which led them to the alleged accomplice. We're told the accomplice informed Will County Sheriff's officials and prosecutors that the body was buried just outside Peoria, Illinois.

Will County Sheriff's deputies and prosecutors took the alleged accomplice to Peoria Friday, and the accomplice led them to private hunting grounds. The owner allowed authorities to enter his property and the accomplice then led them to the site where Stacy's body was allegedly buried. The accomplice told authorities the body was stuffed in a metal drum that had been buried underground.

On Friday afternoon, authorities brought police dogs onto the property and we're told the dogs immediately took them to the place where the witness said the body was buried. Authorities then put prongs in the soil and hit a mass below ground that could be the drum in question.

We're told State Police are now guarding the property and authorities will begin digging Saturday morning.

UPDATE 6/5 10:00 AM PT -- State Police confirm the search is underway.



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Cravin Morehead    

I do NOT believe this story. I've seen DP many times on TV and I seriously doubt he'd ever break down and confess where the body is. The barrel part is probably correct. His friend already has said he helped DP take a barrel down from his bedroom. The burial spot part is not credible.

I also find it strange this is currently being reported on a gossip website and not on any mainstream media sites. There's nothing on Fox or CNN.

Also, why would they wait until tomorrow to dig. Can't they find a couple of shovels today?

Just don't believe this story.

1567 days ago


TMZ is the ish. I live in Illinois and regularly read the Chicago Suntimes and Tribune. They have nothing on this story and they are the Chicago papers, and have followed the story of Peterson for years.

1567 days ago


Geez. Behind bars and still being a pompous ass opening his big mouth. Serves him right that another inmate set him up. HAHA. What a fool this guy is.

1567 days ago


@Mike way to sound like an idiot. NBC, CBS, and a local columnist have already reported this story. Trib and Suntimes are ALWAYS 6 hours behind on weekend news because they only have 1 intern with a broken pencil manning the wires.

1567 days ago


Stop being sloppy. The story first says that the witness identified the location of Peterson's third wife. Then continues with a witness ID of the location of Peterson' fourth wife. To what are you referring, TMZ?

1567 days ago


As much as I would like to believe this, there is no way this guy said anything to anyone in prison, or elsewhere for that matter. I'm sure the guy is guilty as sin but he would never talk to anyone. I doubt they will ever find her body and no way did he have anyone help him. I do hope I'm wrong though!

1567 days ago


Hallelujah "Illinois State Police confirm investigators are conducting a search this morning in connection to the disappearance of Bolingbrook mother Stacy Peterson. Master Sergeant Tom Burek tells ABC 7 teams are searching a rural area near the town of Metamora, Illinois.

1567 days ago


This has totally made my morning. Hopefully justice will finally be served.

1567 days ago


This story is being reported by others, but their source is TMZ. No one else has any original information about this. We're going to have to wait and see if this can be independently confirmed by another source.

1567 days ago


That poor woman....hopefully this sick/evil man will get the death penalty for what he's done.

Now, unfortunately, Peoria will now be associated with such a tragedy. Bad luck for a really great city.

1567 days ago


@maniacalzebra Effing read the NEWS. The STATE POLICE HAVE CONFIRMED IT. Moron.

1567 days ago

Cravin Morehead    

Referring to both wife 3 and 4 is a sloppy mistake. Guess they don't proofread stories before posting them. This could only be referring to wife 4. Wife 3 was found dead in her bathtub.

1567 days ago


The Karma Bus is making it's rounds this week!

1567 days ago


As much as I would love it, I am having a hard time believing this one. I don't think he would be stupid enough to tell an inmate this much information. HOWEVER, I do think he is enough of an a**hole to wait until a trial, get aquitted and then admit it. He feeds on attention. He wants nothing more than to tell all of us "he is smarter". I hope this is true and he rots.

1567 days ago


Tmz is better at getting a story then fox or cnn. Watch out if TMZ goes after a story they will find the dirt. Love you doing crime.

1567 days ago
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