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Peterson denies asking truckers to take package

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  • Truck drivers told police they were approached by man resembling Peterson
  • Report: Man asked truckers to "transport a package to an undisclosed location"
  • Attorney says police are chasing leads "no matter how remote or ridiculous"
  • Peterson says he believes his missing wife ran off with another man
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CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Drew Peterson is denying that he approached two truck drivers and asked them to transport a package hours after his wife disappeared in October.

Peterson, a former police sergeant in Bolingbrook, Illinois, near Chicago, is suspected in the disappearance of his wife, Stacy. Peterson has said he believes she ran off with another man.

According to a statement released by Illinois police, two truck drivers reported that a man resembling Peterson and another white man asked the truck drivers "to transport a package to an undisclosed location." The other man was described by the truck drivers as stocky with salt-and-pepper hair, and in his early 50s.

The men approached the truck drivers at a Bolingbrook truck stop October 29 at 3:30 p.m., according to the report.

"Upon reaching the location, the men would regain possession of the package and continue transporting it to a location not accessible by semi-trailers," the report stated.

The report did not say if the truck drivers agreed to transport the package.

"There is absolutely, positively, 100 percent no validity to this," Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, said. Video Watch how Peterson denies another claim reportedly made by a relative »

The truck drivers "may have some motivation, trying to insert themselves into a high-profile case," Brodsky said. "They may be concocting some sort of scheme to sell their story to a tabloid."

Illinois State Police released the statement Saturday, asking anyone who may have had a similar encounter to contact them.

Brodsky said in a statement that the Illinois police released the statement because they have no evidence against Peterson so they "are relegated to following every lead, no matter how remote or ridiculous it may seem."

Peterson, 53, has said he last spoke to 23-year-old Stacy Peterson -- the sergeant's fourth wife -- the night of October 28. She has been missing ever since. Timeline: Learn more about the events of the case »

Authorities are now re-examining the death of Peterson's previous wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in a bathtub in 2004.


Authorities exhumed Savio's body after information turned up that raised questions about her death, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said.

Drew and Stacy Peterson have been married four years and have two children. Drew has other children from a previous marriage. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Fuzz Hogan in Chicago contributed to this report.

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