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Stacy Peterson’s sister on scene as State Police, FBI search woods

Members FBI Evidence Response Team return from searching for Stacy PetersHammel Woods off Black Rd. Monday Nov. 5 2012 Shorewood.

Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team return from searching for Stacy Peterson at Hammel Woods off Black Rd. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Shorewood. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 7, 2012 6:20AM



The FBI and the State Police searched a Will County forest preserve Monday afternoon — a search that attracted the attention of the sister of the missing Stacy Peterson, although authorities wouldn’t say what they were looking for.

Cassandra Cales arrived at the 400-acre Hammel Woods near Shorewood Monday afternoon after the search was completed.

She said she had heard about the search but had not been called by authorities. Cales left a few minutes later without speaking to investigators.

Stacy Peterson, the fourth wife of convicted cop Drew Peterson, has been missing since Oct. 28, 2007, shortly after telling the then-Bolingbrook police sergeant she wanted a divorce. He has been named by authorities as a suspect in Stacy’s unsolved disappearance.

He was convicted in September of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and is awaiting sentencing.

State Police Capt. Michael Cooke confirmed detectives had searched the woods as part of an ongoing investigation but would not comment further. State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said nothing unusual was found by investigators in the forest preserve. Investigators aren’t expected to return Tuesday.

The FBI helped in the search, which ended by 4 p.m. An FBI spokeswoman would only say it was “in connection with an ongoing criminal matter.”

A Plainfield Fire Department canine vehicle was also at the scene of Monday’s search.

Joliet police said the search had no connection to their recent efforts to find Linda Barr Fellenbaum, who has been missing since Oct. 21. Friends and family searched for the missing 32-year-old mother of three on Sunday.

Contributing: Dan Rozek, Kim Janssen



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