CHICAGO – The missing 23-year-old wife of a former police sergeant contacted a divorce attorney a few days before her disappearance for help to end her marriage.
Stacy Peterson was reported missing on Oct. 28 after she failed to show up a friend's house. Drew Peterson, her husband, is a suspect in her disappearance. He maintains his innocence and denies wrongdoing.
Harry Smith, a divorce attorney, told FOX News that Stacy contacted him twice the week before she disappeared.
"I did not put any specific significance on her mental demeanor when I spoke to her," Smith said. "I don't remember her being overly emotional or anxious or any of those things."
Smith was also the divorce attorney for Drew Peterson's third ex-wife, Kathleen Savio.
Savio was found dead in her bathtub in March 2004, shortly before her divorce with Peterson was finalized. Four years ago, a coroner's jury ruled her death was an accident, but the death was recently ruled a homicide.
A medical examiner initially found that her death was an accident until investigators reopened the case and exhumed her body last fall.
Savio told family members shortly before her death that she feared Peterson and thought he could make her death look like an accident.
The family of Stacy Peterson also believes she wanted out of a crumbling marriage.
Drew Peterson said it was common for Stacy to bring up divorce.
“If she was tired, hungry or menstruating, she would sometimes say she wanted a divorce … but two days later she loved me again,” Drew Peterson said in a statement.