“She’s Just Missing”

Relatives say that Stacy Peterson, 23, was just 17 when she met Drew Peterson, 53, at the hotel she was working at. He was reportedly 47 years old at the time. He helped her to get a job with a police department and the two began dating. At least one relative has said that he told Stacy that he had never been married before. In the subsequent 6 years, Stacy and Drew Peterson have married, had two children (ages 2 and 4) and she began college in a pre-nursing program. Stacy had also adopted Drew Peterson’s children from a previous relationship.

Relatives also say that she was a sweet and caring person, and that she kept in contact with her family. And that she was a loving mother. Relatives have also said that in recent years she seemed to be unhappy in her marriage and complained that her husband was controlling. The relative also said that Stacy told her that her husband frequently asked her if she was seeing another man.

“She was very stressed in her relationship with Drew,” “She was on anti-depressants, and she couldn’t even sleep at night. When I saw her this last time [in October], she was having a very hard time coping with her life. She just looked lost and confused.”

”She just wanted people to know she was unhappy, and she didn’t like how she was being treated,” ”In case she disappeared — if something bad happened to her.”

Drew Peterson apparently had been married before. Apparently he had been married three times before. Apparently he was still married to Kathleen Savio when he met and began dating Stacy. And Kathleen’s relatives say that during the marriage Kathleen had received letters telling her that Drew Peterson was cheating on her. But when she confronted him about it, he allegedly beat her. One relative has stated they had to take her to the hospital after one beating in the late ’90’s. But they say she was afraid to leave him. In 2002 Kathleen Savio filed for a protection order against Drew Peterson and in 2003, she filed for divorce after learning that Stacy was pregnant with Drew Peterson’s baby.

That divorce was final but the property settlement was still in the process when Kathleen Savio was found dead in her bathtub. The death was investigated by state police, because Drew Peterson was a police officer in that jurisdiction and the state police did the investigation in order to avoid any conflict of interest. Kathleen Savio’s death was ruled an accident, but her relatives have reportedly wondered how a healthy 40 year old woman could drown in a bathtub.

Drew Peterson says that Stacy Peterson had changed after her sister’s death from cancer last year.

“Ever since then, Stacy has been different,” “There’s been mood issues. She’s been under the care of a psychiatrist.”

He talked to media about Stacy’s disappearance and has said that

“I find that very unusual,” “She’s a very good mom. For the last year or so, she’s been very short-tempered, snapping on everyone, but still a good mom.”

“I believe she’s with someone else, but I believe she’s safe.”

“She’s just missing,”

Last Sunday morning Stacy Peterson had plans to help a relative paint. But relatives say she never arrived. Peterson says she did leave their home then he received a call from her about 9 pm on Sunday and didn’t know where she was calling from. He has said he doesn’t believe there is any foul play and that she left home voluntarily. He has also reportedly said she took extra clothing with her. The Peterson’s had been married for 4 years and Peterson has said that he thought their marriage was good, but admitted that she may not have thought so. According to one report Peterson has told police that he found the car that Stacy was driving at a local airport. The camera at the airport is a web cam and does not record. And the airport has no tower and does not keep records of any flights.

After trying to reach her all day on Sunday when she didn’t show up to paint, relatives reported her missing about 4 am on Monday. They are concerned and say they do not believe that she would leave her children.

Police say that they have not found any evidence of foul play, and that Peterson has been cooperative in the investigation of his wife’s disappearance. However they are searching for some indication of what happened to Stacy Peterson and a search warrant has been executed on the home that Drew Peterson and Stacy Peterson shared as well as two vehicles. The latest reports indicate that some items were taken into evidence. Cadaver dogs were also used at the residence and a pond was searched. They have not called Peterson a suspect of any crime. The DA has announced that he is pulling the files on the death of Kathleen Savio in order to review it with fresh eyes. The current DA was not in office at the time of Kathleen Savio’s death.

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According to family Stacy Peterson was in fear for her life before she disappeared. They also say that she had asked Drew Peterson for a divorce. The Peterson’s were in marriage counseling. According to Stacy’s family Peterson

“was a very jealous, very controlling person,” “He followed her. He tracked her with GPS on her cell phone, called her constantly.”

And the family says that Stacy kept a diary in which she documented their arguements. Family is offering a reward for information leading to Stacy’s wherebouts.

Media indicates that Drew Peterson is licensed to fly planes, but the airport manager says that there are no records to indicate that he had used that airport.

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According to the sister, Stacy Peterson had made plans with a friend of the sister to paint a house, and the sister wasn’t aware of it but they planned for her to help paint also. On Sun. about 10:15 am the friend spoke with Stacy and they put off the painting until the sister woke up.

Stacy’s sister went visiting and wasn’t aware of the plans. She was expecting a call from Stacy and when Stacy didn’t call her she tried to Stacy at about 1:30 pm. No answer on her cell phone so the sister called the Peterson home and spoke with one of the older children. The child said that Stacy had gone to visit their Grandpa, but according to the sister she never arrived there.

Later that night, the sister went to the home and knocked on the door. The older child answered the door and the two talked for a bit. He told her that he was home alone with the younger children. And he told her that his parents had argued earlier in the day. At about 11 pm the sister called Drew Peterson and Peterson told her that her sister left him and he had been out looking for her all day.

On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (video)

Stacy Ann Peterson website

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Drew Peterson has denied that his marriage to Stacy Peterson is abusive. The family of Kathleen Savio has described some of the abuse she suffered with Peterson. And Stacy Peterson’s family has talked about Peterson’s controlling ways. Stacy Peterson exchanged some emails recently with a friend who had once dated her sister. And in those emails, Stacy Peterson herself described her marriage. The email was dated Oct. 17:

“i have been arguing quite a bit w/my husband,”

“as i mature with age i am finding that the relationship i am in is controlling, manipulative and some what abusive,”  “. . . tomorrow is our 4 year anniversary and I am not as excited as the years that have past.

“. . . if you could keep me in your prayers i could use some wisdom, protection, and strength.”

Family is still conducting searches, but so far have found no sign of Stacy Peterson.

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This article discusses the missing persons in Chicago, and names some of them and their fates. Nailah Franklin, Alma Mendez, and Lisa Stebic have been missing, some of the have been found dead. But no one has yet to be charged in their murders or disappearances.

The article also discusses that though some may be stranger involved:

More often than not, however, it turns out the missing woman was killed by someone with whom she had a personal relationship.

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How do police find the missing?

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Reward has increased to $25,000. Texas Equasearch is going to join the search. Craig Stebic, another husband with a missing wife has publicly sent his support to Drew Peterson. One article has a breakdown of the events immediately preceding and imediately after the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, by the sister. More info about the marriage and death of Kathleen Savio.

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Family photo gallery including more pictures of Stacy, her husband, her children and two of her sisters.

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An interview with Drew Peterson written for the Chicago Tribune has been posted at officer.com

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I have just spoken with someone who has been at the scene in Chicago. The family has been passing out flyers and people have been helping by printing them on their computers. Tim from Equasearch is now entering the search and has made a new layout for the flyers. Family is in need of help in getting the new flyers with the correct infomation printed. The layout can be obtained at Kinko’s and the flyers can be dropped off at:

Westbrook Christian Church

1175 Lilly Cashe Lane

Bollingbrook, IL

Tim from Equasearch will be searching tomorrow. Volunteers for the searchs and admin purposes are needed. If you live in the area and can help it will be greatly appreciated! Volunteers will also be meeting at the church.

They say that sometimes just a little bit of information can solve a crime. If you have a little bit of information, please make contact with the police department or Tim from Equasearch. And remember there is a reward for information that leads to the location of Stacy Ann Peterson. I believe the reward is up to $25,ooo now.

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Yesterday about 40 people took the time out of their lives to help a family look for Stacy Peterson. And I hear the family are very appreciative of those who did. But more are needed. The more volunteers, the bigger the area they can cover and the more throughly they can cover it. So if you live in Chicago, please. Take the time. Show up at the church and say I want to help. They need volunteers for admin as well as for searching. They need food and water for the volunteers. And they need boats, horses and ATVs. Please help.

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Website for Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Savio 

There are questions about a fund raising request located on the above site.

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Today

Today a family is out there searching. They are having a wide range of emotions, high to low that may happen several times a day. They are searching for Nailah Franklin. Let me tell you a little bit about her story.

Nailah Franklin lives in Chicago, Ill. She works for a pharmecutical company and she has recently broken off with a man she used to date. Recently she went to police to file a report about threatening phone calls she said she was receiving from that man. It was recommended that she file a restraining order, but she declined to do so at that time. 

On Tues. one week ago Nailah sent an uncharacteristically short text message saying she was going out to dinner and would call them later. She hasn’t been seen since. When she failed to show up for an important meeting at work, someone there contacted her family and a police report was filed. Family and friends fear foul play, because they say she was always in contact, at least by phone or text messages but they haven’t had any contact with her since Tues.

On Saturday Nailah’s car was found abandoned in another city. Tests are being run on the car and the items found there. Family says they have no idea why she would have gone to that city. Police say her belongings from her car were thrown around. Police have been searching in that area and dragged a pond, but found nothing. Two computers were missing from her home- both her work laptop and her personal one.

Family is searching too. They are praying and putting up flyers, and everything else they can think of to try to find some scrap of information about Nailah.

Police have interviewed the man she had been dating, but he was released after the interview. Police have not called him a suspect. Another woman has filed two protection orders against him in recent weeks.

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Is there foul play? Is this a case of relationship violence or random violence? Is the man she dated related to her disappearance? At this point it is too early to tell. Her history does seem to indicate that she wouldn’t just go off without her family or that she would fail to contact them at some point. Her car being found abandoned also seems to indicate that she did not just take off voluntarily. Relationship violence vs. random violence- police have not named him as a suspect which indicates they don’t have anything that directly points to him. If he wasn’t connected, the threats to Nailah and other women certainly called police attention to him. Whether fairly or unfairly that remains to be seen. Certainly if you are the type to make threats or obsessive attempts to contact ex’s, you might want to consider the attention this could draw to you if something should happen to them.

If you want to help and you live in the Illinois area, possibly you could get some of the flyers and pass them out. If you live in the Hammond or Chicago area you could check with authorities and see if they are doing any searches they need help with.

A big thank you to Ltr for the tip on this one.

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The FBI is now involved in the disappearance of Nailah Franklin and a $10,000 rewared has been offered. The man that Nailah has said was threatening her had a close friend deliver a message to this paper saying that he is innocent and he is also concerned about Nailah. The friend has also said that he is cooperating with police and has provided them with witnesses who can vouch for his whereabouts.

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Website for tips about the disappearance of Nailah Franklin. Looks like the site would be suitable for printing missing posters for distribution.

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At 4:46 am today an unclothed female body was found in a Chicago forest preserve. That preserve was near the location at which Nailah Franklin’s work vehicle was found. That body has been identified as being Nailah Franklin. No cause of death has been announced as yet and no suspect has been identified.

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A big thank you to Ltr  and Peach for the update.

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Multiple media reports told about the body found near where Nailah Franklin’s car was found. Multiple media stations reported that the body was Nailah Franklin. But today’s reports indicate that body has not been actually been identified. Decomposition on the body that was found was severe enough that even race cannot be determined. Today they are doing an autopsy, but the family has not ID’d the body yet.

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The body has now been identified as Nailah Franklin. Identification was made by dental records as the remains were too decomposed for identification. At this point police are not classifying it as a homicide as the cause of death has not been determined yet. Instead they are conducting a ‘death investigation’.

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Reginald Potts was arrested on Fri. Police have stressed that the arrest is not related to Nailah Franklin. Ironically Potts was on the telephone with a reporter at the time that he was arrested.

Potts was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery. Allegedly he threatened a gas station attendant. Police have reiterated that they have not named a person of interest or a suspect in Nailah Franklin’s death. Pott’s had been questioned again on Fri. in regards to her death.

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It seems there is an underground war going on, with the private emails that were once exchanged between Nailah Franklin and Potts being circulated. And on newspaper sites and some forums he has his supporters. But not everyone agrees that the emails show what the supporters want them to show. The editorial also urges people to be careful what they write in emails and text messages, as there is always the possibility that they may someday become public knowlege.

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Against the advice of his attorneys Reginald Potts Jr. gave an interview to media. In the interview he denied that he was Nailah Franklin’s boyfriend. But did admit that they were ‘involved’ and intimate.

Memorable quotes:

“I was absolutely not her boyfriend,” “I was shocked and I was saddened. A lot of things went through my mind. This was still somebody that at some point in my life made me smile.”

“I may talk a lot of s – – – — pardon my language — but me putting my hands on somebody isn’t really happening. “Making somebody disappear — having something to do with their abduction — having something to do with a murder, that’s kind of extreme. That is a huge leap,”

“At this point there is nothing, but I’m defending myself against rumors, speculations and a lot of gossip. It’s affecting my family, my business and my relationships.”

Potts also accused police of harrassment. He also alleges damages to his home that occurred during the execution of the search warrant. He says he has offered to take a lie detector test but law enforcement has not set one up. Police have not responded to the statements nor have they named Potts as a suspect or person of interest in the murder.

Potts talked about the email that was sent to his friends, purportedly an email that he recieved from Nailah when their relationship ended. Potts admitted that he did send it to his friends. The email made the circuit after Nailah’s body was discovered.

Potts denied threatening Nailah. Media did bring out the fact that Potts is subject to two other protective orders brought against him by his ex-wife and an ex-girlfriend, both of whom are the mothers of his children.

Potts alleges that he has recieved threatening emails.

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The interview reminded me of an old song. Maybe you remember it? “Why’s everybody always picking on me?”