The search for Stacy Peterson: Week in review

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Here’s a look at the week’s developments in the search for Stacy Peterson.

- On Wednesday, Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil said autopsy results on Kathleen Savio’s exhumed body are being delayed because of "exotic" toxicology tests requested by pathologist Dr. Larry Blum. When ready, the results will be released to the state’s attorney and are not expected to be made public.

- On Thursday, Dr. Michael Baden, a well-known forensic pathologist who performed an independent autopsy on Savio, said the extra “exotic” tests are probably an attempt by the coroner’s office to cover all the bases. Baden said healthy people do not, in general, drown in bathtubs and the tests are probably to show that there was no reason for Savio to accidentally drown.

- Also on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported the existence of a racy text message allegedly sent to Stacy Peterson from a Web site. Drew Peterson’s lawyer said the message proves Stacy Peterson was having an affair, and that it bolstered Drew Peterson’s claim that his wife left him for another man. Authorities obtained a search warrant allowing them to look for information that might lead to the sender’s identity. It was not immediately clear this week whether the online message is traceable.

- Friends and family of Stacy Peterson were to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of what would have been the missing mother’s 24th birthday. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Living Water Community Church, 190 Lily Cache Lane, in Bolingbrook. Services will include a prayer, music, a slideshow and speeches by friends and family.

~ Compiled by Danya Hooker, Suburban Life Publications