Will County - Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed today that an on-going investigation into the Stacy Peterson case has concluded after a weeklong search of the Hammel Woods Forest Preserve in Shorewood, Illinois.
State Police investigators and FBI agents have been at the scene since Monday, November 5. The 400 acre preserve is a vast area and search efforts were underway utilizing FBI investigative resources, including canines. Officials declined to confirm details of the investigation for security reasons.
“The Illinois State Police’s top priority is to preserve the integrity of an investigation and any comments or details released during the investigative process could potentially compromise our efforts,” said ISP Zone 3 Commander Michael Cooke.
Law enforcement officials confirmed no “tip” was provided and search efforts were part of the on-going investigation of the Peterson case. Law enforcement officials also pointed to the unique opportunity to utilize FBI resources and for agency cross training at the scene.
“Anytime we have the ability to work with other law enforcement and public safety agencies on specialized investigations, we take full advantage of the available resources and expertise to strengthen our techniques and strategies,” Cooke added.
The Plainfield Fire Department was also on the scene and assisted with the search efforts.
Law enforcement officials have confirmed that this search has concluded and nothing was found. The Peterson investigation remains on-going.