One Year Later: Drew Tells Stacy 'Show Yourself'
Ex-Cop appears on 'Today' on first anniversary of wife's disappearance
Stacy Peterson has been missing for a year and the mystery surrounding her disappearance continues.
Stacy Peterson has been missing for a year now.
Tuesday marks the anniversary of the disappearance of the wife of a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, and many close to her stand by their conviction that she would never had left her children willingly and must be the victim of foul play.
On Tuesday, some people close to Stacy will observe the date privately. The Chicago Tribune reports that others plan to hold a solemn vigil.
Her husband, Drew Peterson, who some say has had a love affair with the media since his wife vanished, has marked the anniversary with an exclusive interview on NBC's "Today" show.
Matt Lauer asked Peterson and his attorney why they chose to be on "Today" Tuesday.
"We wanted to remain consistent," Peterson said, referring to several previous appearances he's made on the show.
Lauer also asked Drew what he would want to say to Stacy if she happened to be watching.
"Come home," he said directly into the camera. "End this nightmare."
Drew Peterson has maintained that he had nothing to do with his fourth wife's disappearance or with the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Below is a brief synopsis of what has happened since Stacy Peterson vanished:
- Oct. 29: Stacy Peterson reported missing, a day after she fails to show up to a relative's home.
- Nov. 2: Police search the home of Drew and Stacy Peterson. Police divers search a nearby pond and investigators use cadaver dogs.
- Nov. 6: Investigators execute another search warrant at the Peterson home.
- Nov. 9: Illinois State Police declare Drew Peterson a suspect in his wife's disappearance; they also say they've formally launched an investigation into the 2004 drowning death of Peterson's previous wife, Kathleen Savio, saying it does not appear to be an accident as originally determined.
- Nov. 9: Judge signs order to exhume Savio's body.
- Nov. 12: Drew Peterson resigns from the Bolingbrook Police Department, where he's been an officer for 29 years.
- Nov. 13: Savio's body is exhumed and an autopsy is conducted.
- Nov. 14: Drew Peterson appears on NBC's "Today" show where he proclaims his innocence and reiterates his contention that Stacy Peterson left him for another man and is alive.
- Nov. 16: Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden conducts autopsy on Savio's remains at the request of her family; says it looks like she was murdered.
- Jan. 24: Will County state's attorney's office acknowledges publicly for the first time that a grand jury has been convened to investigate Stacy Peterson's disappearance and Savio's death.
- Feb. 21: Will County state's attorney announces that Savio's death officially declared a homicide.
- March 17: A judge orders that cars and computers seized from Drew Peterson be returned on the condition Peterson agree to not challenge the validity of more than 200 digital photographs of his cars and other property.
- May 21: Peterson turns himself in to police on a weapons charge unrelated to the disappearance of his wife. He was released from custody after an adult son posts a 10 percent bond.
- June 4: Peterson's adult son picks up eight guns that authorities seized from Peterson's home as part of the investigation into Stacy Peterson's disappearance.
- June 26: Drew Peterson's 15-year-old son joins the growing number of family and friends of Drew Peterson to testify before a Will County grand jury.
- July 23: Published report says two former friends of Drew Peterson wore a wire and secretly taped conversations with Peterson.
- Aug. 28: A Will County judge sets a Dec. 8 trial date in the gun charges case against Peterson.
Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago