A church pastor in Bolingbrook, Illinois, says the young wife of a police officer "feared for herself because of her husband" in the months before she disappeared.
The pastor tells The Associated Press that Stacy Peterson told a member of the church's pastoral staff in August that she feared "bodily harm" from her husband, Drew. The minister says the staffer made a "judgment call" in not alerting police.
Officer Peterson left the department after becoming a suspect in his wife's disappearance late last month but denies any wrongdoing. Peterson is 53. His wife is 23.
Police have called the case a possible homicide.
Investigators are also looking into the 2004 death of the woman who was Peterson's third wife. They say it may have been a murder staged to look like an accidental bathtub drowning.