Timeline in death of ex-police officer Drew Peterson’s 3rd wife, disappearance of 4th wife

Timeline in case against ex-cop Drew Peterson

Former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Authorities say he also is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. A brief look at developments in the case:

—March 1, 2004: Kathleen Savio found dead in a bathtub. Her death is initially ruled an accidental drowning.

—Oct. 29, 2007: Stacy Peterson reported missing, a day after she fails to show up at a relative’s home.

—Nov. 9: Illinois State Police declare Drew Peterson a suspect in his wife’s disappearance and say they’ve launched an investigation into Savio’s death. A judge signs order to exhume Savio’s body.

—Nov. 12: Drew Peterson resigns from the Bolingbrook Police Department, where he had been an officer for 29 years.

—Nov. 13: Savio’s body is exhumed for an autopsy.

—Nov. 16: Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden says autopsy results on Savio’s remains show she was likely murdered.

—Jan. 24, 2008: Will County state’s attorney’s office acknowledges that a grand jury has been convened to investigate Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and Savio’s death.

—Feb. 21: Savio’s death officially declared a homicide.

—May 21: Drew Peterson surrenders to police on a weapons charge unrelated to the disappearance of his wife.

—November 2008: Drew Peterson meets with divorce attorney.

—Nov. 20: Gun charges dropped against Drew Peterson after Will County prosecutors refuse to hand over internal documents leading to their decision to arrest him.

—May 7, 2009: Murder indictment issued for Drew Peterson and he is arrested during a traffic stop.

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