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Patton Township man charged in Pena death case

A man has been charged in connection with the death of Corinne Pena, whose body was found in the early hours of Sunday, February 14, 2016, along Plainfield Road.
A man has been charged in connection with the death of Corinne Pena, whose body was found in the early hours of Sunday, February 14, 2016, along Plainfield Road. adrey@centredaily.com

A man accused of dumping a woman’s body along Plainfield Road on Valentine’s Day told police he found her dead a few hours earlier in a bathroom in his Patton Township home.

Robert Moir, 59, has been charged with abuse of a corpse, a second-degree misdemeanor, court records show.

The dead woman was identified last week as Corinne Pena, 35, of the Philadelphia area. Coroner Scott Sayers said that toxicology results would take weeks, but police over the weekend said evidence showed that Pena died of a drug overdose.

Moir was arraigned before District Magistrate Ronald J. Horner on Tuesday morning.

According to a court affidavit, Moir told police he found Pena’s body at about 11 p.m. on Feb. 13 after he forced his way into the bathroom. He said her body was blocking the door.

Moir also told police that he found a needle and spoon on the bathroom vanity next to Pena’s body, the affidavit said.

Instead of calling police, the affidavit said, Moir dragged Pena’s body into the kitchen. He then retrieved a red sheet from his bedroom, placed Pena on it and then dragged her body into the garage.

After loading the woman’s body into his Mercedes, the affidavit said, Moir drove to Plainfield Road.

He told police that he wanted Pena to be found, and figured because of the cold temperatures her body would not decompose. The affidavit said he drove to Pine Grove Mills, “removed her from his vehicle and placed her on the side of the road.”

When Pena was found by a passer-by at about 3:20 a.m, temperatures had fallen to 2 degrees with a wind chill of negative 9, according to AccuWeather records.

Moir told police that he met Pena in the Philadelphia area and that he brought her back to Centre County with him. He said he dropped her off near Barnes and Noble several hours before her death and later picked her up near Wal-Mart on North Atherton Street.

Police are still working to determine what happened between then and when Moir found her body.

“This is a tragic case because Ms. Pena was dumped outside like an afterthought after passing away, by someone she thought was a friend. She deserved much better. She was a daughter and a mother herself. It is simply heart wrenching and we hope this arrest brings some peace to her family and friends. We remind the public that this kind of callous behavior is totally unnecessary in light of the overdose immunity law,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller on Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing for Moir is set for March 23.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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