Peterson Girlfriend Moves In, Worries Family

Christina Raines' family is unhappy she's moved in with murder suspect.

Jan. 14, 2009 — -- Christina Raines, the fifth fiancee of Drew Peterson, the former Chicago police sergeant who is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, and the homicide of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, has moved in with her husband-to-be, causing her father to become concerned about her safety, authorities told

According to Bolingbrook Police Department, Lt. Ken Teppel, Raines' father, Ernest Raines, has made several calls to the department requesting that officers visit Peterson's home and check on his daughter's well-being.

Peterson, 54, and Raines, 24, got engaged in mid-December, when their relationship was four months old.

Teppel said that the first call from Ernest Raines came Thursday, Jan. 8, when he alleged that he knew Peterson was being stalked by his daughter's former boyfriend.

"[Raines] said that Peterson was being stalked by and told police that 'if something happens to Drew it's not [my fault],'" said Teppel.

Patrol officers went to Peterson's home to warn him of the threat and, according to Teppel, Peterson was grateful for the heads up and told authorities he was "not worried."

But the next day, said Teppel, Raines called the dispatcher again, frantic over his inability to get in touch with his daughter.

"On Friday Jan. 9 at around 11:30 p.m., Christina's dad called frustrated and upset because he hadn't heard from his daughter all day," said Teppel. "Raines said he was going to snap."

"He was upset and wanted us to go to the house to see if she was OK," said Teppel.

When officers arrived at the Peterson home, Christina was not there, said Teppel. Upon checking out the house and speaking with the children present -- Peterson's as well as Raines' two -- the officer determined that everyone was all right and called Raines back.

"The office then called Raines back and said that his daughter wasn't there," said Teppel. "Raines was upset that we didn't do anything else and that his daughter was living with [Peterson]," said Teppel.

Father of Peterson's Fiancee Says His Hands Are Tied

"The officer told her that we can't go to Peterson's house every hour for you to see if your daughter is OK," said Teppel. "We're not going to be an instrument to his harassment against [Peterson]."

Raines' home phone numbers have been disconnected and calls made to Peterson's publicist were not immediately returned.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Raines' father said that he knows there isn't much he can to do to control his daughter's decisions, even if he doesn't approve.

"I don't like the fact that she's with him, but what can I do?" Raines told the paper. "This is not right, but my hands are tied."

"She said, 'I'm all right, dad. I'm fine,'" Raines said of the few conversations he's had with his daughter since she moved in with Peterson.

Authorities also said that they received a call last week from Raines' children's birth father, Tony Yauk, who wanted information on how to obtain custody of his children after he learned the kids were living with Peterson, according to Teppel.

But Raines' mother, whose name is unknown, is not as concerned about her daughter's looming engagement, according to Derek Armstrong, author of "Drew Peterson Exposed" and a reporter who has followed the Peterson case for more than a year and who first broke the news of Peterson's December engagement.

"There have been two different reactions to [Raines] moving in," said Armstrong. "The mother actually went over to the Peterson home Sunday and seems to approve."

"It was their first cordial meeting after [her daughter] had moved in," said Armstrong, who said that Raines' parents are separated.

Armstrong, who said he spoke to Peterson last week, was told that Raines and her two children, ages 4 and 5, had moved in earlier than the couple had initially planned because of an argument she'd had with her ex-boyfriend, whom she was still living with at the time of their engagement.

"I asked [Peterson], 'Now that she is moving in you understand that people are going to say she's 24 and you're still married,'" said Armstrong. "He said, 'I don't care what people think. I love Chrissy and I love her kids and the incident with her ex-boyfriend just accelerated our plans."

Armstrong said that Peterson described his fiancee in a previous interview as "very attractive" and "svelte" and said that it "wasn't his problem" that she was so much younger than he was. There is a 30-year difference between Peterson and Raines.

Peterson Case Still Under Investigation

In a previous interview with, Peterson's publicist, Glenn Selig, said that no wedding date had been set for the couple because of Peterson is still legally married to Stacy Peterson.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Drew Peterson has met with a high-profile divorce attorney to look into how to get granted a divorce on the basis of abandonment.

Drew Peterson garnered media attention after his wife, Stacy Peterson, 24, went missing Oct. 28, 2007. He was widely criticized for his blase attitude toward his wife's disappearance, even alleging to the press that his wife's PMS had led her to run off with another man.

The case remains open and is under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Will County State's Attorney Office.

Drew Peterson told ABC News in an interview last year that the search for Stacy Peterson was a "waste of time."

On the anniversary of Stacy Peterson's disappearance, Drew Peterson told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he hopes she one day turns up.

"I hope someday she pops her head up and shows herself," he said.

Drew Peterson's legal troubles grew when the body of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, was exhumed and he was named a suspect in her 2004 death, which had initially been ruled an accident. Authorities now believe Savio's mysterious bathtub drowning was a homicide.

Peterson has denied any wrongdoing in both Stacy's disappearance and Savio's death, telling ABC News in December, "I've done nothing wrong."