Body ID’d as Missing Falls Woman; Alleged Killer Gave Location, Official Says
Updated, 4:30 p.m.:
After one of the largest and most exhaustive searches in area history, the man alleged to have killed Falls Township resident Diane Corado finally lead police to her body after nearly two years and a half years.
Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry said Kenneth Patterson, 50, told investigators in the past month the location of his missing ex-girlfriend’s remains.
Police in Camden, N.J. investigated Patterson’s tip and recovered remains two weeks ago from the north branch of Newton Creek. Authorities confirmed the remains belonged to Corado, who was 50 when she went missing.
Henry said she could not release why Patterson finally gave away the location of the body.
Prosecutors are prepared to try Patterson when his trial begins on July 8, Henry told LevittownNow.com. He is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, aggravated assault, criminal trespass and possessing an instrument of crime.
Patterson and his lawyer filed an appeal to his charges with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year. The high court rejected the motion.
The body was located not far from the city street – 1600 block of Norris Street – where police discovered Patterson’s black 2004 Pontiac Aztek SUV. According to court documents, much of the car was covered in blood. Falls police Lt. Hank Ward said previously that investigators are nearly certain no one could survive that much blood loss.
At around 6 a.m. on December 19, 2010 , Patterson busted into Corado’s apartment at the Village of Pennbrook complex on Mill Creek Road in Falls, police said. According to court documents, an angry Patterson attacked Corado with a pipe and pulled her by her hair. A friend, who was staying in the apartment, was forced to get inside Patterson’s Aztek along with Corado, police said.
The woman pleaded with Patterson to get his ex-girlfriend medical attention, but he instead pushed the woman out of the Aztek in the area of Route 13 and Penn Valley Road, BucksLocalNews.com previously reported.
After Corado’s friend called police, they assembled a task force to search for the woman and Patterson.
Police got information that the Aztek had crossed the Ben Franklin Bridge a few hours after she was kidnapped and was possibly in Camden. A search of the city recovered a key, which lead police to the Aztek.
Further investigation lead to police from multiple agencies arresting Patterson at the Clover Motel on Route 73 just outside of Camden in Maple Shade. Police said the murder suspect was found wearing blood-stained clothes.
The arrest sparked a huge body search that involved local, state and federal authorities.
Police initially combed through Falls Township Community Park, which is across the street from where Corado lived, with officers and K-9 dogs. They searched the park several times and found nothing.
Authorities also searched Morrisville Borough, the city of Trenton, along the river and Bloomsdale-Fleetwing in Bristol Township, a wooded area in Abington, a 15 mile stretch of the Turnpike and the bases of all Philadelphia-area bridges that cross the Delaware River. They kept striking out.
Dozens of officers and trained police dogs – coming from as far away as the Jersey shore and Lancaster – searched nearly the entire city of Camden for days. Investigators still did not find Corado.
With Patterson not talking, police had little to go on, until recently.
Henry said the family is having a difficult time, but the news of the remains being recovered was important for them.
Corado is survived by her adult son, Scott Melnick.
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Authorities confirm to LevittownNow.com that the body of missing Falls Township woman Diane Corado was located in a creek in New Jersey recently.
The body was found in a creek in Camden two weeks ago and police confirmed the identify of the remains this week, authorities said.
Little information has been released as of 2:30 p.m.
Corado’s former convict ex-boyfriend Kenneth Lamon Patterson, 50, is alleged to have busted into the 50-year-old mother’s apartment at the Village of Pennbrook complex on Dec. 19, 2010 and kidnapped the woman and her friend.
Patterson pushed Corado’s friend out of the a getaway car in the area of Route 13 and Penn Valley Road, police said.
Through investigation, police found Corado’s Pontiac Aztek SUV that Patterson used to kidnap her in Camden. Police said there was such a large amount of blood found in the vehicle that Corado was assumed to be dead.
A massive manhunt and continuing police investigation did not find the woman’s body. Patterson, on the other hand, did not cooperate with detectives until recently, an officials says.
Even without a body, the government declared Corado legally deceased in 2011.
Patterson currently sits in county jail as his trial date looms ever closer. He is charged with murder, kidnapping, burglary and related offenses.
Prosecutors have said in many media reports that they believe they have enough evidence to convict Patterson.