Chicago Suburban News, IL
By Danya Hooker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun Jan 20, 2008
Bolingbrook, IL - For the first time in three months, friends and family of Stacy Peterson had something to celebrate. About 200 people gathered at a Bolingbrook church Sunday to share their favorite stories and memories in recognition of the missing mother’s 24th birthday. “This is a great day for us,” Peterson’s neighbor and best friend Sharon Bychowski said. “It’s very therapeutic for us to come together as friends and family because today we get tell everybody what she means to us”... Bychowski and [Peterson’s step-sister Kerry] Simmons said the search for Stacy Peterson continues and volunteers are working hard to raise money to continue the effort as soon as the weather improves. “Our lives will never be back to normal until we find Stacy and bring her home,” Simmons said. “Until we get the truth about what happened to her and bring the person who did this to her to justice.” The birthday vigil came on the heels of last week’s announcement by Illinois State Police that [resigned Bolingbrook Police Sgt.] Drew Peterson remains their number one suspect in his wife’s disappearance AND THAT NEW EVIDENCE HAS SURFACED IN THE CASE. Bolingbrook Police Chief Ray McGury, who attended the birthday vigil, declined to comment on the investigation but said he believes Stacy Peterson’s family will find the answers they are searching for. “There’s no timetable but I’m confident there will be resolution. Based upon what I’ve seen and what I’ve heard, I’m confident there will be some resolution down the road,” McGury said...
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Birthday vigil held for missing woman
Sunday, January 20, 2008 | 11:51 PM
...The celebration was also a way for Peterson's family to keep her case public, especially since the story is no longer making front page news each day... "We are here to celebrate, and we love her. We miss her. We know we're going to see her again some time. We don't know when, but we know we'll see her again. She is in out hearts forever," said Candice Aikin, Stacy Peterson's aunt... Drew Peterson, Stacy Peterson's husband, continues to be the prime suspect in the woman's disappearance. From his home Sunday night, he said he has no comment about his wife's birthday or the vigil. He did say he's relieved the media no longer camps out from his home, which, he said, allows him to live a normal life. But the families of Stacy and Drew Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, say they can never live a normal life. "All I have to say about his life being back to normal is that my aunt will never see my cousin's high school graduation, never see her grandchildren," said Melissa Doman, Savio's niece. "If he thinks life is normal, that's fine. But, our lives will not be back to normal until we find out the truth about what happened and bring the person who did this to justice," said Stacy Peterson's stepsister Kerry Simmons. In the meantime, Stacy Peterson's family and friends say they will not give up looking for her. They left the vigil Sunday night by letting go of her birthday balloons into the moonlit sky. Stacy's family and friends are planning a fundraiser for her on Sunday, March 2. The money raised will go toward the search efforts... Investigators released a statement Friday saying they have begun to utilize other additional investigative resources but would not say what those resources were.
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