Peterson Asked Truckers to Haul Package: Cops

Drew denies; drivers say they declined day after Stacy vanished
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2007 12:39 PM CST
Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson poses for a photo shoot on the back deck of his home as a photo assistant holds a reflector Monday, Nov 19, 2007 in Bolingbrook, Ill. Peterson's wife 28...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two truckers have identified Drew Peterson as the man who they say asked them to deliver a package at 3:30am the morning after his wife, Stacy, disappeared, Illinois police said yesterday. The drivers say they refused, reports the Chicago Tribune, but the ex-police sergeant issued an angry denial to ABC News, calling the claim "totally fictitious."

The drivers say the man identified as Peterson and a companion asked them to take a package to an undisclosed location, where the two men would finish transporting it. Peterson continues to deny involvement, but the incident has offered hope to Stacy's family members eager for a breakthrough. "The fact that the police is releasing [this information] means they're getting close," said a family friend.