Crime

Police say Pena died of drug overdose, then transported to Plainfield Road

Ferguson Township police said Saturday that although toxicology results are pending, evidence indicates that Corinne Pena, whose body was found along Plainfield Road on Feb. 14, died as result of a drug overdose.
Ferguson Township police said Saturday that although toxicology results are pending, evidence indicates that Corinne Pena, whose body was found along Plainfield Road on Feb. 14, died as result of a drug overdose. The Centre Daily Times, file

A week after a woman’s body was found along Plainfield Road in Ferguson Township, police say they finally have answers about how she got there.

Ferguson Township police identified Corinne Pena, 35, of the Philadelphia area, on Wednesday, but in a Thursday press conference, they were still trying to figure out what happened to her.

A press release Saturday pointed to drugs.

“Although toxicology results are pending, evidence indicates Corinne died as a result of a drug overdose,” it read.

Coroner Scott Sayers said this week that toxicology results would take weeks.

According to police, Pena was staying in the area when she died.

“On Saturday night, Corinne’s friend found her dead inside his home,” the press release said. “The man transported and abandoned Corinne’s body along Plainfield Road.”

The man in question was not identified, but police said “the car used to transport Corinne’s body was located and is being searched for additional evidence.”

Pena was found dead at about 3:20 a.m. Feb. 14 by someone driving along the Ferguson Township road.

The investigation has not ended with the determination of the drug-related death. Police said charges are expected to be filed next week and additional information will be released at that time.

Those charges might have been avoided with a phone call.

Pennsylvania provides for Drug Overdose Response Immunity, a law passed in 2014 that puts the immediate needs of a person whose life is in danger from drugs above the arrest of someone involved.

“Police would like to remind everyone that any person who summons aid for someone believed to be in a medical emergency as a result of a drug overdose (is) immune from prosecution if they summon aid, give their name and remain with the person until emergency responders arrive,” the Ferguson release stated.

“She deserves a lot more than for her life to end the way it did,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said Thursday.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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