Drew Peterson Indicted in Death of 3rd Wife

By: AP
By: AP
The former Illinois cop with a history of vanishing wives is jailed in connection with the death of third wife Kathleen Savio.

Drew Peterson, 53, a Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer, whose wife Stacy Peterson was reported missing on Oct. 29, has now been named a suspect in what police say may be a potential homicide. (AP/Family of Stacy Peterson)

LOCKPORT, Ill. - Drew Peterson, a former Illinois police sergeant long suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, was arrested Thursday on a murder charge in the death of his third wife.

Peterson, 55, was taken into custody without incident Thursday evening during a traffic stop in Bolingbrook, not far from his home, Illinois State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich said at a press conference. A two-count indictment accuses him of murdering Kathleen Savio.

"I guess I should have returned those library books," a handcuffed Peterson said as state police led him into headquarters, according to The (Joliet) Herald-News. Peterson was processed and transferred to the Will County Adult Detention Facility in Joliet. Bond was set at $20 million.

Savio's body was found in a dry bathtub on March 1, 2004. Her death was initially ruled an accidental drowning but investigators have since said they believe it was a homicide staged to look like an accident.

Henry Savio, the brother of Savio, told WMAQ-TV, that state police called him to notify him of Peterson's arrest. He said the news "is good for us, we miss my sister so much," according to WMAQ.

Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, said in an e-mail Thursday he was on his way to New York and referred messages to Peterson's publicist, Glenn Selig. Selig said only that he could not confirm Peterson's arrest.

Authorities have said Peterson is also a suspect in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, then 23, though he has not been charged in the case. Peterson has repeatedly said he thinks Stacy Peterson ran off with another man.

After Stacy Peterson's disappearance, Savio's body was exhumed and underwent forensic examination. An autopsy in November 2007 determined Savio was killed.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said the case will be prosecuted in his county, though a change in venue is possible.

Dobrich said officials have tracked more than 1,100 leads in Savio's death and Stacy Peterson's disappearance.

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