Peterson Rips 'Package' Claim as Result of 'Crazies'

Ex-cop tells ABC News a new police statement is the result of "crazies."

ByABC News
February 19, 2009, 3:20 AM

Dec. 2, 2007 — -- In an exclusive phone interview, Drew Peterson denied a new police report suggesting he asked two truck drivers at a Bolingbrook, Ill., truck stop to transport a package for him the night his wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared.

"I have no knowledge of anything like that," Peterson told ABC News Saturday. "It's the first I've heard of it."

Peterson called the report "totally fictitious," and added, "It wasn't me."

Peterson's denial came after the Illinois State Police released a statement Saturday saying: "On Oct. 29, 2007, at approximately 3:30 a.m., two truck drivers were approached by two men at a truck stop in Bolingbrook, Ill. One of the two men is believed to be Drew Peterson and the other described as a white male, early 50's, salt-and-pepper hair, with a stocky build. The two men request the truck drivers to transport a package to an undisclosed location. Upon reaching the location, the men would regain possession of the package and continue transporting it to a location not accessible by semi-trailers."

Stacy Peterson, 23, vanished from her home in Bolingbrook on Oct. 28. Since she was reported missing a day later, suspicion has swirled around Drew Peterson, 53, her husband and a former sergeant at the Bolingbrook Police Department. Police named Peterson a suspect in his wife's disappearance three weeks ago.

Peterson has denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance and has said he believes she ran off with another man.

Anthony Laatz, a close friend of Stacy Peterson's and her family, said those looking for the missing mother-of-two are optimistic about the new developments in the case.

"We're definitely excited," Laatz told ABC News from the house of Sharon Bychowski, Drew and Stacy Peterson's neighbor, where the searchers gathered Saturday night after spending the day searching for signs of Stacy in the blistering cold.

"The fact that the police is releasing [this information] means they're getting close to something," Laatz said.