11/06/2007 Greta “OTR” Interview with Ric Mims



Sgt. Peterson's Close Friend, Ric Mims, Goes 'On the Record'

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record ," November 6, 2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Ric Mims is a close friend of Drew Peterson's and has been in frequent touch with him. Ric joins us live from Bolingbrook, Illinois. Welcome, Ric.

RIC MIMS, FRIEND OF SGT. DREW PETERSON: How're you doing, Greta?

VAN SUSTEREN: I guess I should say welcome back to the show. You obviously know that the search warrant has gone down at your friend, Sergeant Drew Peterson's home just moments ago.

MIMS: Yes. Steph (ph) told me about it.

VAN SUSTEREN: When was the last time you talked to Sergeant Peterson?

MIMS: About 1:00 o'clock this afternoon.

VAN SUSTEREN: What'd he tell you?

MIMS: As far as I knew from the conversation I had, he was still at the house.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did he say he was still at the house?

MIMS: Yes, because I was going to come over to get the rest of my stuff out, and he said that the news crews were still out there, to wait until this evening.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did — she he — he didn't call you to say, Button up the house after the police leave? You're not the one he called, or are you?

MIMS: Oh, yes. Yes. I'm the one he called.

VAN SUSTEREN: So how long ago did you speak to him?

MIMS: That was 20 minutes ago (INAUDIBLE) 15 minutes ago.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did he say anything else?

MIMS: No, just that he wanted me to go over there and secure the house and make sure it was secure once the police left.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you know where he is?

MIMS: No, I have no clue.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did you ask him?

MIMS: (INAUDIBLE) at the house.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did you ask him...

MIMS: No (INAUDIBLE) I asked him if he was safe...

VAN SUSTEREN: Yes. Go ahead. You asked him what?

MIMS: I asked him if — I asked him if he was safe, and he said, yes, he was.

VAN SUSTEREN: Now, Ric, you have been standing by your friend, Sergeant Peterson, since the very beginning. You thought that Stacy ran away. Do you still think that?

MIMS: Yes, I do.


MIMS: It's just a tough situation to be in. He's a good friend of mine, and I just keep hoping that she's alive somewhere and will show up to clear this all up. But as time goes by, you know, everybody has their suspicions.

VAN SUSTEREN: So do you have any — you don't have any suspicions?

MIMS: I can't comment on that right now.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there anything that Sergeant Peterson has said or done in front of you that you think is unusual?

MIMS: No, he's very calm, cool, collected, has done nothing to make me think that there's any foul play.

VAN SUSTEREN: Has he done anything to make you think that he was waiting for a phone call from his wife or might be looking for his wife or used a term to show that — even that, you know, that she — that she's alive, say anything at all to you?

MIMS: No. I haven't got any type of intuition or anything from what he's said that he's — there's any foul play. Nothing he's said to me has given me any reason to doubt that what he's told me is the truth. I have my own opinion of what's happened, but I'm just — like you, I'm waiting for Stacy to be found.

VAN SUSTEREN: And what's your opinion?

MIMS: I hope that she just ran off. I really do. I keep praying that that's the case. That's why I came on the show tonight, was to make sure that the search doesn't continue just here in Bolingbrook but it continues nationwide. I just want to make sure that everybody knows out there that if Stacy is at a beach, even if you think she looks like Stacy, call us. Call the tip line. Let somebody know. It's worth investigating.

VAN SUSTEREN: How's Sergeant Peterson doing?

MIMS: I've talked to him several times on the phone since I seen him — the last time I seen him physically was Saturday evening. But I've talked to him every day a couple times on the phone, and he seems to be doing fine.

VAN SUSTEREN: Ric, thank you. And I hope you'll continue to come on the show and help us with this. Thank you, Ric.

MIMS: All right. Thank you, Greta.