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Cops search Hammel Woods near Shorewood, Stacy Peterson’s sister at scene

Members FBI Evidence Response Team gather Hammel Woods after searching for Stacy PetersMonday Nov. 5 2012 Shorewood. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times

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

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Updated: December 7, 2012 6:18AM



The FBI and Illinois 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 the main suspect in Stacy’s unsolved disappearance.

Drew Peterson 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.”

Will County Forest Preserve District police referred questions to the state police.

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.

The Will County coroner’s office said it had not been called out or requested to stand by at the preserve.

Contributing: Dan Rozek, Kim Janssen



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