A look back at the Peterson investigation

May 8, 2009 8:37:14 AM PDT
The disappearance of Peterson's fourth wife, Stacey, started as a standard missing person investigation. But Drew Peterson's antics drew international attention.

One of the first incidents to capture attention was when Drew Peterson decided he didn't want to face the cameras. So he created a disguise.

Stacy Peterson disappeared in October of 2007.

At first, Drew Peterson was running from the cameras on his motorcycle or covering his face with a bandana. That quickly changed.

A month after Stacy's disappearance, police said Peterson was a suspect in the disappearance of Stacy.

But there was Drew on the cover of People magazine.

The former Bolingbrook police sergeant resigned from the department, allowing him to collect a pension of $6,000 a month.

That same month the body of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, was exhumed. Although she died in 2004 and her death was ruled an accidental drowning, an autopsy conducted in 2007 later ruled her death a homicide.

Then in December came the Defend Drew Web site meant to help finance his legal fees, although it was quickly taken down.

In January of 2008, Drew told ABC News reporter Jim Avila he was hoping to date again and a local radio station planned a contest to 'win a date with Drew Peterson' but then pulled the plug.

Stacy had been gone less than three months.

Drew was believed to be planning a trip to Reno. He was supposedly leaving town on Friday for a possible job as head of security for a brothel featured on an HBO reality show. Instead, he's staying put.

Peterson has been booked in the county jail.


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