UPDATE: 5/9/13- Kenneth Patterson led the police to Diane Corado’s remains along Newton Creek in Camden on April 26. . Patterson allegedly kidnapped Diane from her apartment on Dec. 10, 2010. First ADA Michele Henry confirmed that Patterson gave police the information.
Patterson faces the death penalty if convicted of killing Corado.
Diane Corado, 57, a registered nurse from Falls Township, Pennsylvania, was allegedly beaten with a pipe and then abducted by her ex-boyfriend, Kenneth Patterson, 48, on December 19, 2010.
Patterson broke into Diane’s apartment on Mill Creek Road and began to beat her with a pipe. He threatened her with a knife and kidnapped her and her female friend. He forced Diane to drive. Diane’s friend was let out of the car and the car continued towards Route 13. Diane has not been seen since.
Police in Bucks County searched the area of Old Bristol Pike near a mobile home park and then broadened their search with a helicopter and an infrared camera, but Diane was not found.
On Sunday evening, Diane’s SUV was found in Camden with blood inside. Later that evening Patterson was found at the Clover Motel in Maple Shade, New Jersey with blood on him. He has been arrested and is belong held on $500,00 bail.
Patterson was not cooperative when he was arrested, and said he would fight extradition back to Pennsylvania to face kidnapping charges, but ended up waiving extradition.
Patterson was arraigned, and the Bucks County DA David Heckler charged Patterson with first degree homicide, even though Diane’s body has not been found.
In April, 2011, Diane was declared legally dead, allowing her family to take care of her personal affairs.
In December 2011, Patterson appealed a Judge’s decision to not appoint him a private attorney which caused the case to go to through an appeals process.
That appeals process is still ongoing.
The police did release a timeline for the series of events leading up to Diane’s disappearance in hopes that someone would step forward and help fill in any blanks, and especially any information that may help them find Diane’s remains.
Following is the timeline, according to police:
6 a.m. Dec. 19: Kenneth Patterson abucted Corado and Margaret Ricketts-Boyd from Corado’s Falls, Pa., apartment.
6:30 a.m.: Patterson dropped off Ricketts-Boyd on Bristol Pike near Mill Creek Road in Falls. Ricketts-Boyd saw Patterson driving away westbound on Mill Creek Road.
7:05 a.m.: Patterson withdrew money from Corado’s account at Cheltenham Mall in Cheltenham Township, Pa.
7:40 a.m.: Patterson drove Corado’s car into New Jersey, across the Ben Franklin Bridge. Police said they don’t know if Corado was in the car at the time.
9 a.m.: Patterson was spotted in Camden, flagging down a taxi. The taxi took him to a hotel in Maple Shade, where he arrived at 9:23 a.m. Police later found Corado’s vehicle in Camden.
4:30 p.m.: Patterson moved to a second motel, also in Maple Shade.
9:30 p.m.: Cops arrested Patterson at the second motel
If you know anything about this case, please call the Bucky’s Town Police.