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    Death Penalty in Missing Woman Case?
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    Diane Corado was allegedly beaten and abducted from her Falls Township apartment by an ex-boyfriend.

    A man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend is due in court Wednesday. 48-year old Kenneth Patterson is facing kidnapping and related charges.

    But Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler also plans to charge Patterson with murder and seek the death penalty, even though the victim's body has not been found.

    57-year old Diane Corado went missing on Dec. 19, after she was allegedly beaten and kidnapped by Patterson.

    According to investigators, Patterson broke into Corado’s apartment at the Village of Pennbrook Apartments around 5:30 a.m.

    New Details in the Disappearance of a Bucks County Woman

    [PHI] New Details in the Disappearance of a Bucks County Woman
    Police believe 57-year-old Diane Corado of Falls Township, Pa. was abducted by her ex-boyfriend, Kenneth Patterson. Investigators are asking for your help in finding the missing woman.
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010)

    Corado was with a female friend, according to police. Patterson allegedly hit Corado with a pipe, threatened her with a knife and then forced both women inside Corado’s Pontiac Aztek.

    Patterson let Corado’s friend go, according to authorities. The friend contacted police and told them that Patterson had threatened to kill Corado and then himself.

    Corado was first driven into Montgomery County.  Money was then taken from Corado’s bank account at an ATM at the Cheltenham Mall around 7 a.m., authorities said.

    Vanity Plate Could Help Police Find Abducted Woman

    [PHI] Vanity Plate Could Help Police Find Abducted Woman
    "We're still hoping that she's still alive," investigators said Monday night about the disappearance of Diane Corado. Corado's boyfriend is accused of beating and abducting her early Sunday. They were in a car with this vanity plate and police want to talk to anyone who saw the Pontiac Aztek.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 20, 2010)

    The Aztec was then seen crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge at 7:40 a.m. Corado’s empty vehicle was found in Camden later that night.

    Patterson was in bloodstained clothes when he was arrested at the Clover Motel on Route 73 North in Camden.

    Corado remains missing.

    Police Dogs Search for Missing Bucks County Mother

    [PHI] Police Dogs Search for Missing Bucks County Mother
    Police dogs are searching the park near the apartment where Diane Corado was abducted Sunday morning. Her ex-boyfriend, Kenneth Lamon Patterson is accused of beating her with a pipe insider her Falls Township apartment and then abducting her. He is in custody, but not cooperating, police say.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 20, 2010)


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