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SNEED: Missing Stacy Peterson on witness list for Drew Peterson murder trial

Stacy Petersthen 19 is shown with husbDrew Peterson. File photo

Stacy Peterson, then 19, is shown with husband Drew Peterson. File photo

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Updated: August 21, 2012 6:22AM

The Peterson File ...

It’s a shocker!

Sneed has learned the name of Stacy Peterson, the missing fourth wife of accused wife murderer Drew Peterson, is on a witness list to potentially appear in the murder trial this month of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Stacy Peterson was married to Drew Peterson in 2004, when Savio’s body was found in a bathtub in the second floor master bedroom of her Bolingbrook home.

The defense claims Savio slipped and fell, which is what a coroner’s jury ruled years ago; and that there is no physical evidence tying Drew Peterson to her death.

The prosecution claims Drew Peterson drowned her.

Hearsay evidence involving statements made by Savio and Stacy Peterson to witnesses has been the subject of a two-year legal battle.

Although jurors will not hear directly about Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, her shadow looms over the trial like an 800-pound gorilla.

By filing such a witness list, the defense is showing it believes Stacy Peterson is still alive and a potential witness for the defense — even though no one knows where she is.

Despite an exhaustive search by state police, Stacy Peterson’s body has never been found and there has been no correspondence with her family.

Drew Peterson once suggested Stacy Peterson “ran off with another guy and could be dancing somewhere.”

In an exclusive interview with Sneed this summer, Drew Peterson claimed the first thing he’d ask Stacy Peterson if she shows upis “for a divorce,”

Stay tuned.

The Mighty Quinn ...

Dateline: The hot line ... Gov. Pat Quinn was spotted sweating in a Downstate ditch Monday.

◆ Translation: Shortly after driving out of Downstate Waltonville, where he announced a drought relief package, Quinn spotted a stranded motorist and wound up pushing a woman’s car out of a ditch in 100-degree heat.

This & That ...

◆ Schlock jock Howard Stern, who just lost his pet bulldog, Bianca, is tweeting fans to “Give your dog a hug for me tonight.”

◆ I Spy: Actor Jason Sudeikis and girlfriend Olivia Wilde spotted at Big Star in Wicker Park last week.

Hello, Pilgrim ...

Folks in Cortland, N.Y., are expecting an influx of Christian pilgrims in the next few weeks.

◆ The attraction: New York Jets QB Tim Tebow, who’s attending preseason training camp in the upstate community.

Thread bread ...

Dateline: Gown Town ... Brit royal coffers have just swelled.

◆ To wit: The wedding dress worn by Kate Middleton at her nuptials to Prince William has earned the royal family nearly $16 million in ticket sales during a 73-day Buckingham Palace exhibition.

◆ The buckshot: Queen Elizabeth, however, thought the exhibition “very creepy” because the dress was on a headless mannequin.

Yo Yo Ho! ...

Anita Decker Breckenridge, the Kenilworth native now stationed outside the Oval Office handing out Frisbees and yo-yos to kids who tag along with their parents on presidential visits — just turned 34.

◆ Backchat: A graduate of New Trier High School (class of 1996), Breckenridge became President Barack Obama’s personal aide last summer and regularly travels abroad with Obama’s team aboard Air Force One.

Sneedlings ...

Friday’s birthdays: Josh Holloway, 43; Carlos Santana, 65; Chris Cornell, 48; Gisele Bündchen, 32; Ray Allen, 37; Omar Epps, 39; Ed McElroy, ageless, and belated wishes to Vito Burdi, ageless.

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