After Stacy Peterson first went missing in late October, there were many exhaustive searches conducted by police, friends and family. But there has not been a search in more than two months, since early December, which is why friends and family Tuesday held a news conference to announce that they're putting together a fundraiser for that very cause. They are hoping to raise enough money to gear up and resume the search for Stacy Peterson.
They say the winter weather has made it next to impossible for police and volunteers to resume the search. So they are waiting for a break in the snow, and for temperatures to rise, so that hopefully dive teams can go into ponds and areas that have not been searched yet.
Peterson's neighbors held a news conference to promote an upcoming fundraiser on Sunday and to say that the investigation is still moving ahead.
"As soon as we can get where the snow goes away, and we can get to water searching, we have the water team that's more than willing to come back as soon as we can, and as soon as the weather breaks for us," said Sharon Bychowski, Stacy Peterson's friend.
"I talked to Illinois State Police two to three times a week and never get the feeling that it stalled. If anything, I always am hopeful, with the understanding that this case is still going full force ahead," said Pamela Bosco, family spokesperson.
Drew Peterson would not open up the door when ABC7 visited Tuesday to talk about a court hearing Wednesday in which he is trying to get his possessions seized by police, including several automobiles, returned to him. So far, in other hearings, the judge has denied those requests. And Peterson clearly feels pessimistic about his chances of getting his items returned to him and getting them back Wednesday.
The search for Stacy fundraiser will be held at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park and the doors open at 1 p.m.
Drew Peterson is scheduled on Thursday to fly to New York City for another national media appearance, he confirmed Tuesday night. He did not say exactly what that will be about.