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Remains were not Stacy Peterson

May 28, 2009 8:53:54 AM PDT
Authorities say DNA tests show a headless, armless skeleton found along the Des Plaines River in Illinois last week was from an unidentified male. Wednesday's announcement by the Illinois State Police ends speculation that the remains were related to the high-profile Will County missing persons cases of Stacy Peterson or Lisa Stebic.

The Will County coroner has said the person was dead for several months or more. Results of an autopsy last week were inconclusive.

Authorities say an investigation into the corpse's identity is ongoing. The rib cage, spinal column and partial left and right femur bones were found.

Stacy Peterson's husband, Drew Peterson, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday on charges he killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.

Savio's death, originally ruled an accidental drowning, was reclassified as a homicide after her body was exhumed and an autopsy conducted following Stacy Peterson's disappearance in October 2007.

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