Status of the Special Grand Jury

May 20

JOLIET – The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office is releasing the following information with regard to the Special Grand Jury:

On Thursday, May 21, 2009, the term will have officially expired for the Special Grand Jury investigating the murder of Kathleen Savio, the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and the disappearance of Lisa Stebic. The term of the Special Grand Jury is set by statute at 18 months. By law, the term may not be extended.

On May 7, 2009, the Special Grand Jury indicted Drew Walter Peterson on two counts of first-degree murder alleging he murdered Kathleen Savio. The Special Grand Jury met for its final session on Tuesday, May 19, 2009. The work of this Special Grand Jury is now concluded. There are no suppressed indictments.

It is critical to note that the investigations into the disappearance of both Stacy Peterson and Lisa Stebic are not concluded. Both investigations are being pursued vigorously. Now that the term of the Special Grand Jury has expired, these investigations will be advanced by the regular Grand Jury that meets weekly in Will County.