“Neighbor Reports Cop-Husband's Odd Behavior to Police"
(Sharon Bychowski Files Police Report)
Missing Illinois Mom's Neighbor Reports to Police Cop-Husband's Odd Behavior
Saturday, November 10, 2007
BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — A neighbor of an Illinois woman filed a police report against the husband of an Illinois woman and recalled seeing the mother of two sitting at the end of her driveway in tears a week before she disappeared.
"’He's all packed up and I want him to go,’" Sharon Bychowski told FOX News Stacy Peterson said. Six boxes allegedly filled with Drew Peterson’s belongings sat in the couple’s open garage, she continued.
A close friend and next-door neighbor of Stacy and Drew Peterson, Bychowski said she filed a police report on Thursday after Drew Peterson showed up on her lawn at 11 p.m. and began shouting her name: "'Come here, Sharon. … I want you,’" FOX News’ Jeff Goldblatt reported she said.
Bychowski, who at times baby-sits the Petersons’ two children and took them trick-or-treating this year, said she is staying in a hotel under a fictitious name to avoid the area and is contemplating seeking an order of protection against the suspended Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant. On Friday he was named a suspect in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.
On Saturday, Drew Peterson’s mother defended him in a telephone interview with FOX News.
"He didn’t do anything," Betty Morphey said. In response to a question about Drew Peterson’s refusing to let officers search his home, she asked: "Would you want people going through your house?"
Peterson, however, did give a tour of his house to FOX News' Jamie Colby.
Click here to read Jamie Colby's blog: "Inside Drew Peterson's House."
Peterson was suspended without pay on Friday, pending the outcome of an investigation of an incident several months ago that apparently violated Bolingbrook’s no-chase policy, a source said.
Peterson, the shift commander that night, reportedly granted permission to an officer to chase a suspect, who crashed into another vehicle after speeding nearly 100 miles per hour, opening the department to a potential lawsuit.
"None of them have been very much help to him," Morphey said of Peterson’s fellow officers. "They turn their back on him. I find that very disrespectful."
Police said they planned to exhume the body of Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in a bathtub in 2004. The coroner had ruled the cause of death an accidental drowning.
"Drew Peterson went to being a person of interest to clearly a suspect," said Illinois State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich at a press conference, adding that the case has shifted to a potential homicide case.
"There's no doubt in my mind that it wasn't an accident," James Glasgow, the Will County State's Attorney, said.
Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil, who reviewed Savio's autopsy, said earlier this week that there were aspects of her death that concerned him.
The autopsy report found that Savio had a one-inch "blunt laceration" on the left side of her scalp, her "hair is soaked with blood" and she also had abrasions or bruises on seven different places on her body.
Family members long have suspected that Savio didn't drown accidentally, Melissa Marie Doman, Savio's niece, said.
"I am all for it, along with the rest of my family, because something just was never right," Doman said. "I can't really say who, but someone did something. I don't think it was an accident."
When prosecutors learned of Stacy Peterson's disappearance, they reopened the investigation of Savio's death.
Stacy Peterson was reported missing Oct. 29 after she didn't arrive at a friend's house. Drew Peterson began dating Stacy when she was 17. They have two children, ages 2 and 4.
Drew Peterson recently told reporters that he believes his wife is alive and said he is being treated unfairly in this case.
Drew Peterson divorced Kathleen Savio, but financial issues hadn't been finalized when her body was found in her bathtub in 2004. There was no water in the tub.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.