Reports: Peterson relative helped move box the day Stacy vanished

SOURCE:CNN.com 
Nov. 28, 2007
updated 1 hour, 3 minutes ago

[Peterson came back to the coffee shop and drove Morphey to Peterson’s home. Peterson reportedly asked the man to help him move something from the house. After moving the plastic container to the SUV, the two left and Peterson dropped the man off at his own home, according to the Tribune.]

BOLINGBROOK, Illinois (AP) — A relative of former police officer Drew Peterson reportedly helped him move a large, heavy container out of his suburban home the day his wife vanished.

The allegation sparked a furious denial from Peterson’s attorney.

Peterson and his stepbrother removed the container from an upstairs bedroom and put it in his sport-utility vehicle, according to media reports that cited anonymous sources close to the investigation into Stacy Peterson’s disappearance last month.

The stepbrother, Thomas Morphey, later became distraught after learning that Stacy Peterson was missing and tried to kill himself, the Chicago Tribune and The [Joliet] Herald News reported Wednesday.    [continue]

Story Highlights
*Stepbrother reportedly attempted suicide after helping move heavy box
*Wife of former police Sgt. Drew Peterson missing since October 28
*Peterson a suspect in wife’s disappearance, police say
*Peterson says he thinks wife left him for another man

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Police Identify Person Believed to Have Helped Ex-Cop Drew Peterson Move Large Barrel

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Source:foxnews.com

Illinois State police have identified the person they think may have helped former police sergeant Drew Peterson move a large blue barrel from his bedroom to his vehicle the day after his 23-year-old wife was reported missing.

A law enforcement source tells WFLD FOX Chicago that the man who helped load a barrel into Peterson’s SUV tried to commit suicide the next day.

Stacy Peterson, a mother of two and Peterson’s fourth wife, was reported missing Oct. 29 by her family after she failed to show up to a friend’s house. Drew Peterson is a suspect in her disappearance.

Volunteers searching for any signs of Stacy are looking for the barrel. Neighbors say Peterson had a blue barrel in his backyard.

Peterson’s neighbor told police last week that he saw Peterson and the man load a barrel “big enough to put someone in” into the former police officer’s SUV, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

On Monday, 64 special agents with the FBI joined the search for Stacy to help state authorities in their investigation.

“I’m not saying that we’re going to be able to solve the case,” said FBI agent Ross Rice. “I’m certainly not going to predict if or when it will ever be solved but having additional resources certainly can’t hurt.

Meanwhile, Will County prosecutors reopened the investigation into the death of Peterson’s third ex-wife, Kathleen Savio. Savio, 40, died in a bathtub in March 2004. Prosecutors say the death appeared to be staged to conceal a homicide and recently exhumed her body for a second autopsy.

Illinois State Police told FOX News on Sunday that “new information” prompted its appeal for more information about possible sightings of the cars that belong to Stacy Peterson or her husband, Drew, around the time that the woman vanished.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen the vehicles on Oct. 28 or 29 — the time of the 23-year-old Bolingbrook mother’s disappearance — to come forward. Police have released photos of the vehicles: A dark Blue 2005 GMC Yukon Denali belonging to Drew and the second a purple 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, belonging to Stacy, and asked the public to call its tipline at 815-740-0678 or “America’s Most Wanted” at 800-274-6388.

Both vehicles were impounded by police on Nov. 1, and are still in police possession because of search warrant seizures.

Jessie Marie Davis Family:NEW LIFE AFTER TERRIBLE TRAGEDY

Davis’ family comes home

Volunteers renovate donated house for son, mother of pregnant woman killed in June  (For the full story please continue)

Patty Porter, the mother of the late Jessie Marie Davis, center, holds hands with Ann Kagarise, left, and Jennifer Snyder and reacts as she sees Nov. 19, 2007, the Coventry Township, Ohio, home in which she and her two-year-old grandson, Blake, will be living. Blake is the son of Jesse Marie Davis, who prosecutors say was killed by her lover, Canton patrolman Bobby Cutts Jr. The home was donated by Countrywide Home Loans. THe Home Builders Association Serving Portage & Summit Counties oversaw renovations. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

They couldn’t undue the nightmare that will forever haunt this family.

Yet, the Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties and others were committed to doing all within their powers to let in a little sunshine.

For 60 days, volunteers from the local building industry labored hard and long to make over a house in Coventry Township for the family of the late Jessie Marie Davis, the 26-year-old pregnant Lake Township woman who was killed last summer. Charged in that horrific crime is Canton police officer Bobby Cutts Jr., the father of Blake, who is also believed to be the father of Davis’ unborn daughter. Davis was within days of delivering her daughter Chloe.

On Monday evening, Patty Porter — Davis’ mother — her soon-to-be 3-year-old grandson Blake Davis and other family members — some blindfolded — were led to their new home, complete with a security system.

The three-bedroom, split-level foreclosure home was donated to Blake and his grandmother by Countrywide Home Loans and volunteers from the home builders association. The interior was stripped down to the studs. The exterior got new siding, shutters, windows and a garage door.

Jennifer Snyder of Charlotte, N.C. — formerly of Uniontown — who earlier shepherded a huge fundraising effort she called ”Blake’s Brighter Tomorrow” that includes an educational trust fund, also worked on securing a number of other
surprises for the family, including furnishings and a decorated Christmas tree.

June Lambert of Uniontown, who took part in the search for Jessie Davis, also played a role in turning the house into a home for Blake, his grandmother and two of her adopted sons, 17 and 12.

The refurbished home is a beautiful blend of old and new. The work was facilitated by association President Len Huddleston and 118 volunteers.

Davis’ glass dining room table, living room furniture and Blake’s old play table are there.

”It was important, we thought, to have some familiar things for Blake,” Snyder said.

Brand-new is the living room furniture, donated by Williams Furniture in Dover; a new outdoor playset from Hartville Kid’s World; a 37-inch television; a pantry and refrigerator full of food, plus a membership from BJ’s Wholesale Club; bedroom furniture from Andrea’s furniture in Sugarcreek; and a riding lawn mower, trimmer, leaf blower and snowblower from Bair’s in North Canton.

Ann Kagarise of New Franklin was the one who planted the seed for getting a house for the family by writing a letter to the home builders association.

Kagarise, who is a reporter with the Suburbanite, said she went home and wrote the letter the day after Davis’ body was found.

”We can’t help everybody,” Kagarise said about the reason for helping this family, who at the time numbered six and were living in a cramped two-bedroom apartment. ”But we can help the one in front of us.”

All of us, she said, have the capacity to do the same.

”That letter really touched us,” Huddleston said. ”So we had some conversations with our board and Secretary-Treasurer Tony Crasi.”

”And Countrywide donated the foreclosed property.”

Porter, who was tearful upon seeing the house, said she was overwhelmed and overjoyed.

”I just can’t say thank you enough,” she said.

Other surprises included:

The $31,000 gift tax associated with the house has been paid — a large portion by a couple of Snyder’s clients.

Grace Bible Church in New Franklin is preparing and serving Thanksgiving dinner for 30 at the new house.

As a special thank you to all of the people who worked on the house and gave so freely of their time, Cleveland Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden came to the post-ribbon-cutting party at nearby Tadmor Temple to meet with the family and to distribute 100 free tickets to the Browns’ last game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Browns also delivered a team jacket to Blake and goodie bags to his uncles for their rooms.          

There are 2 pages devoted of how and what all a wonderful community did to help ease the tragedy this family suffered.  Highly recommended reading if you had followed the case from the onset…… continue

UPDATE-Stacy Peterson:FBI To Join Search For Stacy Peterson

WMAQ-TV
updated 6:13 p.m. ET,Sun., Nov. 25, 2007

A Mysterious Letter? 
Peterson claims he received an unsigned letter describing a supermarket sighting of his missing wife……

The following info is taken from the main site at MSNBC

JOLIET, Ill. – The FBI will join the search for Stacy Peterson on Monday.

Charles Pelkie, a spokesman for the Will County state’s attorney, said the FBI’s involvement makes it possible for the U.S. Navy to provide technical assistance in water searches.

The Illinois State Police remains the lead agency in the investigation. Pelkie says the state police will brief FBI investigators on Monday. It has been four weeks since 23-year-old wife of former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson vanished. Authorities have said they believe the 2004 death of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, was a homicide staged to look like an accidental drowning. Peterson has not been called a suspect in Savio’s death, but authorities have said they suspect him in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

Peterson appears on the latest issue of People Magazine with the headline, ‘Did He Kill Two Wives’? Inside, Peterson said his wives disappointed him and said he is preparing to be arrested.

Peterson also appears on the cover of Friday’s Sun-Times, which reported a neighbor saw Peterson and a second man load a large blue barrel into his SUV hours after his wife, Stacy, was last seen alive.

That SUV is in police custody.

A Mysterious Letter?

Peterson claims he received an unsigned letter describing a supermarket sighting of his missing wife and has turned it over to investigators, according to his attorney Joel Brodsky. But a close friend of Stacy Peterson’s family said she doubts the letter is a legitimate tip.

Drew Peterson received the letter Wednesday, and didn’t open it until Thursday, the attorney said. Peterson, who has been named a suspect by authorities investigating his 23-year-old wife’s disappearance, immediately called the Illinois State Police and his attorneys to notify them, Brodsky said.

Brodsky released a written statement on Thursday describing the letter Drew Peterson said he received. It carried a Peoria, Ill., postmark and was dated Nov. 19. It detailed an encounter the writer had with Stacy Peterson on Nov. 12 at a Kroger grocery store, the attorney said in the statement.  [to continue click on MSNBC above]

Possible Policy Violations Put Peterson’s Pension In Jeopardy

Peterson’s pension is in jeopardy after investigators discovered several crimes unrelated to the disappearance of the 53-year-old’s young wife and mysterious drowning of his third wife, according to a report in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune.

Illinois State Police Captain Carl Dobrich told the Tribune 64 officers are now assigned full-time to investigate the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and the death of third wife Kathleen Savio.

Dobrich said in the course of the investigation, detectives discovered evidence Peterson might have violated Bolingbrook Police Department policies.  [to continue click on MSNBC above]

Stacy’s ‘Friend’ Comes Forward

Rossetto told reporters after his testimony that he and the now-missing woman exchanged racy text messages that could have been misinterpreted …….   [to continue click on MSNBC above]

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UPDATE: Lisa Stebic-Family of missing Plainfield woman to ask Michigan deer hunters for help

By Jo Napolitano Tribune staff reporter
November 13, 2007
Source:Chicago Tribune

I have combined two updates here, one dated Nov. 8th regarding the Stebic children having to testify and one Nov. 13th about how they plan to pass out fliers to hunters.   

The family of a missing Plainfield woman will distribute fliers and hand warmers to hunters in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Wednesday to raise awareness about her disappearance and encourage hunters to look for her.

Lisa Stebic, 37, was divorcing when she vanished from her family home April 30. Her estranged husband, Craig, who was one of the last people to see her, is a hunter, and his family spent part of each year in the Upper Peninsula. He has been identified by police as a person of interest in the case, but he has denied any involvement.

Melanie Greenberg, Lisa Stebic’s cousin, said family members plan to distribute 300 hand warmers with Lisa’s picture and police contact information at a breakfast held each year in Crystal Falls, Mich., to kick off firearm deer hunting season.

“Everyone tells you when you are looking for a missing person that you need to look at the places where they spent the most time,” Greenberg said. “Lisa spent a lot of time up there.”

Greenberg said she hopes the hunters, who usually cover a wide area, might stumble across information that will help police find Lisa Stebic.

“They’re going places people haven’t been all summer and, with the change of seasons . . . things that may have been overgrown could be more revealed now,” Greenberg said.

Greenberg said she has had no contact with Craig Stebic but he has complained about tfliers and billboards bearing Lisa Stebic’s picture—in the Chicago area and in the Upper Peninsula. He has said they upset the couple’s two children.

November 8, 2007
BY JANET LUNDQUIST Herald News
Source: Chicago Sun Times 

Stebic, kids at courthouse to testify before panel: sources
MISSING MOM | Officials only confirm probe is ongoing

Craig Stebic and his children reportedly were at the Will County Courthouse on Wednesday to testify before a grand jury, sources say.

Authorities have been trying to interview the children of missing mother Lisa Stebic, who seemingly vanished without a trace April 30 from her Plainfield home.

Will County state’s attorney spokesman Charles Pelkie declined to comment Wednesday except to say the Stebic case is an active investigation and is one of several high priorities for the office.

Plainfield Police Chief Don Bennett also declined to comment on the case. He said investigators still want to talk to the Stebic children about their mother’s disappearance.

Aside from a preliminary interview, Craig Stebic has blocked police from talking to his children, ages 11 and 12, under the advice of Dion Davi, his lawyer.

In July, police said they were focusing their investigation on Craig Stebic, naming him a “person of interest” in his wife’s disappearance. Stebic has not been charged in connection with the case.

When asked Wednesday whether he was at the Will County Courthouse, Craig Stebic said, “I don’t know” and that it was not a good time to talk. “I don’t have anything to say right now.”

Desperate for answers in Lisa Stebic’s disappearance, her family has urged her husband to allow interviews with his children. Initially, authorities said they wanted to talk to the children at a child advocacy center, but Davi advised Craig Stebic not to allow it.

In September, Plainfield investigators met with members of the state’s attorney’s office to review the case.

Sun-Times News Group

UPDATE: Girl Born With 8 Limbs Conscious, Smiles

Friday, November 09, 2007
By GAVIN RABINOWITZ, Associated Press Writer

Article source: foxnews.com
Picture source philly.com

BANGALORE, India —  A 2-year-old Indian girl born with four arms and four legs regained consciousness Friday, wiggled her toes and smiled at her parents, 48 hours after massive surgery removed the extra limbs, doctors said.

Lakshmi, who has been revered by some in her village as a reincarnation of the four-armed Hindu goddess she was named for, was still in intensive care.

Doctors took her off a respirator later Friday but were still monitoring her closely during the critical 72-hour period following the operation. She was allowed to spend some time with her parents and seemed a bit confused by her ordeal, chief surgeon Sharan Patil said.   [full story]

UPDATE:STACIE PETERSON-Authorities: Cop is a suspect in wife’s vanishing

Friday, November 09, 2007
 

It is official- Stacie Peterson’s husband is now considered a suspect in the disappearance of his missing wife and the case has now shifted from a missing person to a potential homicide.  Plans are now to Exhume 3rd Ex-Wife’s Body

This article has been revised and edited as the original source is no longer available.  This has the same information as well as the same date but is available on foxnews.com.  

I apologize to those who read the original one recently only to find when you clicked on “for the full story” the information and the rest of the story was no longer available.  Again I apologize for any inconvenience it caused anyone. 

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. —  Authorities named a Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant a suspect Friday in the disappearance of his 23-year-old wife and announced plans to exhume the body of his ex-wife.

“Drew Peterson went to being a person of interest to clearly a suspect,” said Illinois State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich at a press conference, adding that the case has shifted to a potential homicide case.

Peterson’s ex-wife, Kathleen Savio, was found dead in her bathtub in 2004, and at the time, her death was ruled accidental. Peterson’s current wife, Stacy, disappeared Oct. 29.

James Glasgow, the Will County State’s Attorney, said there are strong indications that Savio’s death was a homicide.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that it wasn’t an accident,” Glasgow said.

Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil, who reviewed Savio’s autopsy, said earlier this week that there were aspects of her death that concerned him.

The autopsy report found that Savio had a one-inch “blunt laceration” on the left side of her scalp, her “hair is soaked with blood” and she also had abrasions or bruises on seven different places on her body.

Family members have long suspected that Savio didn’t drown accidentally in her bathtub as ruled by the coroner’s office, Melissa Marie Doman, Savio’s niece, said.

“I am all for it, along with the rest of my family, because something just was never right,” Doman said. “I can’t really say who, but someone did something. I don’t think it was an accident.

When prosecutors learned of Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, they reopened the investigation of Savio’s death.

Stacy Peterson was reported missing Oct. 29 after she didn’t arrive at a friend’s house. Drew Peterson began dating Stacy when she was 17. They have two children, ages 2 and 4. Drew Peterson recently told reporters that he believes his wife is alive and said he is being treated unfairly in this case.

Drew Peterson divorced Kathleen Savio, but financial issues hadn’t been finalized when her body was found in her bathtub in 2004. There was no water in the tub.

For photos and a blog by Jamie Colby titled “Inside Drew Peterson’s House” [click here]

The Associated Press contributed to this report.