A Pennsylvania man reportedly confessed to killing his ex-wife and abandoning her body in Valley Forge National HistoricAL Park on Friday, prosecutors said.
Freddy Remigio Mendieta Pando, 23, was charged with first-degree murder and related charges in the homicide of his former wife Karina Torres, 23, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele.
Authorities said Pando walked into the Upper Darby Police headquarters around 11:50 a.m. on Sept. 16 and told two detectives through his cellphone translation application that “I killed my partner.”
Pando reportedly showed the detectives where the body could be found near the Schuylkill River Trail in Lower Providence Township, Pennsylvania, prosecutors said.
A Lower Providence Police Detective reportedly found the body of a dead woman lying face down in a wooded area approximately 15 feet off the Schuylkill River Trail hours after Pando told them where she could be found.
A joint investigation by the Montgomery County Detectives and Lower Providence Township Police found that Torres had obtained a Protection From Abuse Order against Pando, stemming from his arrest for simple assault, harassment and terroristic threats. In that incident, he allegedly punched, strangled, and threatened to kill Torres during an argument at their apartment in July, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Pando was released on bail for those charges, but barred from contacting Torres under the terms of the temporary protection order.
Pando said he met up with Torres to discuss the assault case and drove to the Betzwood Trailhead around 5 p.m. on Sept. 11.
Pando claimed Torres took out a knife. He told police he disarmed her, and allegedly stabbed her multiple times in the chest. He then covered Torres' mouth to muffle her screams. He reportedly admitted to continuing his attack after she no longer posed a threat to him, according to PhillyVoice.com.
Pando allegedly told police he hid Torres' body under some trees before he threw the knife and Torres' phone into the Schuylkill River. Pando ditched his clothes and sneakers in a trash can several blocks away from his home.