Police seek answers in missing woman case

Pictured: Diane Corado and her Pontiac Aztek SUV. Police want to talk to anyone who saw that SUV between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, December 19th.
December 28, 2010 2:28:56 PM PST
Police say they are looking for anyone who can help them fill in the missing hours in the abduction of Diane Corado, a Bucks County woman missing since last week.

At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, police released more information on the whereabouts of Kenneth Patterson, 48, the ex-boyfriend of Corado, on the day of the abduction.

Corado, 57, was abducted around 6:00 a.m. on December 19th, police said, and was taken from her apartment in Falls Township to Cheltenham. After that, police don't know what happened to her.

A surveillance photo of Patterson in Corado's SUV was taken at an ATM at the Cheltenham Mall around 7:05 a.m. on Sunday, December 19th, a little more than an hour after Corado was abducted. Only Patterson can be seen in the picture.

Police are still looking for anyone who may have seen Corado's SUV. Investigators point out that the SUV has a license plate that reads DMX-XOXO and it has a small butterfly near the passenger-side taillight.

Three vehicles could be seen on the video passing the SUV at the ATM, and police want to talk to those drivers. Those vehicles were described as:

  • A white minivan
  • A blue Dodge Neon
  • A gray, small vehicle.
Another piece of surveillance video showed an SUV, believed to be the same Pontiac, crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge into New Jersey at 7:40 a.m. police said.

At around 9:00 a.m., in Camden, Patterson allegedly flagged down a cab and left the SUV behind.

Police urge anyone who may have seen Patterson or the Pontiac SUV between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on the morning of December 19th to contact them at 215-945-3100.

Police say Patterson beat Corado with a pipe and threated to kill her before abducting her from her Falls Township apartment.

On the night of the 19th, Corado's SUV was found in Camden, N.J. with blood inside.

Patterson was then arrested at a Maple Shade, N.J. motel allegedly wearing blood-stained clothes.

Patterson hid his face and turned his back on the judge during his first court appearance. He told the judge he will fight extradition to Pennsylvania to face kidnapping and other charges. Police say he has not cooperated with efforts to find Corado.

Since Corado vanished, as many as ten law enforcement agencies have joined the search for the registered nurse at locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Back on Wednesday,dozens of K9 officers and their dogs joined cadets from the Philadelphia Police Academy to search the field of Marple Park in Bristol, Pa.

Police at the scene said they received a number of reports from neighbors back on Sunday - when Corado was last seen - that they heard a woman screaming in the wooded area off Old Bristol Pike.


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