Relative Fears He Helped Peterson Dump Wife's Body

Helped ex-cop move a 'warm' container
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 12:23 PM CST
This photo, supplied by NBC ,shows Drew Peterson being interviewed on NBC's "Today Show" in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. The Illinois police officer who resigned after being named a suspect in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – On the night of his wife's disappearance, a male relative of Drew Peterson says he helped the ex-police officer move a large, heavy, sealed container that felt warm to the touch, sources close to the case have told the Chicago Tribune. The man was so distraught afterwards, fearing he aided in disposing of Stacy Peterson's body, that he attempted suicide, the sources said.

The relative has not been charged with any crime, or named as a suspect, the Tribune reports in a detailed account of alleged events Oct. 28. Peterson's lawyers said the container was fictitious, charging that the man has "serious psychological issues." And Peterson himself said yesterday, "Nobody helped me with anything in such a manner."