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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.

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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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106.

LB    

Ultimate dirtbag right there...

1517 days ago
107.

gimmeabreak    

Someone remind me why TMZ considers this guy a celebrity while suspected double murderer Joran Van der Sloot isn't worth mentioning?

1517 days ago
108.

Nicole    

I read this late last night and didnt believe it, but now a search has been confirmed by Il state police reported by abc7 chicago. Amazing!! I hope Drew Petersen rots in hell!!

1517 days ago
109.

Mel    

It's being picked up by the local news in Illinois now and parts of the story - that they're looking for her - are confirmed. Reading too that he's been in solitary so he doesn't have a celly.



I hope they find her and this guy rots for it.

1517 days ago
110.

kickaboo    

Perhaps this narcissistic, murdering ex-cop heard on TV in prison about Natalie Holloway's killer doing it again in Peru. Most narcissistic psychopaths will be bugged and have to "outdo", that's probably why he started bragging. (read true crime books, killers are all the same in the end)
Horrible details for the family, but I'm glad they finally know. The not knowing where a loved one's remains are or (whereabouts) has to be worst than the actual truth.
Never let this pig out of prison.

1517 days ago
111.

Sonja    

Good! Like anyone ever doubted he killed her, just like that murdering s*** who took his wife to Mexico.

1517 days ago
112.

Illinois person    

That's funny, all along I thought he said the (4th) wife ran off with another man? Suddenly there's a body (possibly)? T Dogg, he's infamous NOT famous. Meanwhile, can you believe this piece of crap was ever a police officer? In time, he too will be somebody's wife - can't wait for the handsome couple to make their debut.

1517 days ago
113.

mary    

I hope this is true but I'm betting Peterson is pissed he hasn't been getting media attention so hes makiing up stories to bring the attention and media to him.

1517 days ago
114.

Lane    

Chicago police are denying this....Plus Drew Peterson is not stupid....He wouldn't confess to anything ESPECIALLY in jail...Come on TMZ....You need better reporting than that!

1517 days ago
115.

whatever    

Joran Van der Sloot and now Drew Peterson. Great week for justice.

1517 days ago
116.

Moleskin    

The story is bunk, Drew has been in solitary confinement for over a year now, he has no access to other inmates.

1517 days ago
117.

kickaboo    

Would CPD want a lot of reporters nosing around if they were planning on digging for a body?

1517 days ago
118.

kickaboo    

Besides, what does Chicago have to do with Peoria?

1517 days ago
119.

Me    

WTG TMZ. You reported it last night, and the Chicago papers are kinda just gettin' around to it this morning. Studman Graham's thoughts that Oprah is a prophet who is not appreciated here (yawn) were apparently more needy of the reporting attention.



I hope it's Stacey, and that this finally gives the Peterson family some closure. Can't wait to see the Joel Brodsky spin. Oh, and Drew? Isn't so funny now, is it? Cya scuzzball.

1517 days ago
120.

Allen Ridak    

Hopefully he doesn't get Geragos to defend him. We all remember what happened to the last Peterson he defended

1517 days ago
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