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New Search for Stacy Peterson Yields Zilch

Cops excavate
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2010 9:42 AM CDT
New Search for Stacy Peterson Yields Zilch
Law enforcement officers including Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police secure the entrance lane to the Big Hollow Sportsman's Club site in Peoria County, Ill. Saturday, June 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Josh Bradshaw)

(Newser) – Investigators came up empty-handed in their search for Stacy Peterson's body yesterday. Acting on a tip from an inmate who claimed Drew Peterson told him, police excavated a 10-by-10 area of a rural Peoria farm, to no avail. "I don't want to allude to (the idea that) we're looking for a body. We're looking for evidence of a crime based on this lead that we have," said a State Police spokesman. The search may resume tomorrow.

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Peterson, notes the Chicago Tribune, has been in protective custody—which is extremely solitary—for 13 months. His lawyer wasn't buying the lead, either, dismissing it as a "despicable tactic" designed to "dirty up the defendant" ahead of his murder trial next month. But the farm's owner, who said he didn't spend much time there, said "They had pretty solid leads with specific coordinates." (Read more Stacy Peterson stories.)

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