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Body found near Illinois river was not Stacy Peterson

JOLIET, Ill. - Authorities say DNA tests show a headless, armless skeleton found along the Des Plaines River near a blue barrel last week was from an unidentified male.

Speculation had swirled about whether the badly decomposed body was one of two women whose disappearances have drawn national media attention.  The location of the remains in Will County prompted many to wonder whether they may be the remains of Stacy Peterson.  Peterson, 23 when she was last seen in October 2007, was former police officer Drew Peterson's fourth wife.

Drew Peterson is currently being held as a suspect in her disappearance.  He maintains he is innocencent.  He claims his wife left him for another man.

The ex-officer's stepbrother told police he helped Drew Peterson move a heavy blue barrel shortly after his wife's disappearance.

Illinois State Police said in a statement Wednesday that an investigation to identify the remains is under way.

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

The location of the remains in Will County prompted speculation they were related to the high-profile missing persons cases of Stacy Peterson or Lisa Stebic.

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