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FBI, cops search Hammel Woods for Stacy Peterson’s body

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The FBI and Illinos State Police searched a southwest suburban forest preserve Monday afternoon — attracting the attention of the sister of the missing Stacy Peterson.

This is believed to be the first search for Stacy Peterson's body since Drew Peterson was convicted of killing his previous wife Kathleen Savio two months ago.

The FBI sent out search experts to assist the Illinois State Police in combing the Hammel Woods County Forest Preserve looking for any evidence that Stacy Peterson's body may have been buried there.

The Plainfield Fire Department sent out a boat and a dive team, because the DuPage river winds through the preserve, but the divers were not needed today.

Stacy's sister, Cassandra Cales was informed of the search and went out to the location, but authorities would not provide her, or family spokesperson Pam Bosco any details.

State Police would only say this was part of an ongoing criminal investigation. But a spokeswoman did confirm that nothing was found during the search, which lasted all day. One source said the search had been in the works for a week or so, while another suggested this search may not have been the result of any new lead generated since Drew Peterson's conviction. More likely, it was a follow-up search based on previously generated information.

Stacy Peterson's friend Scott Rosetto, who admitted exchanging sexually explicit messages with her in the month before she disappeared, lived in Shorewood. The night Stacy disappeared, cell phone tower pings from calls to Drew Peterson's phone indicated he was in the Shorewood area, which could explain why State Police were there searching.

One of the theories in this case was that Drew Peterson trying to draw attention to Rosetto because it was actually Stacy's Phone, under Drew's account that pinged near Rosetto's house.

The Will County State's Attorney's office would not comment, but James Glasgow did indicate after Drew Peterson's conviction that his office would be taking another look at the Stacy Peterson case.

The search effort is expected to resume Tuesday morning.

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