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Aliquippa Police Chief Donald Couch is seeking paid administrative leave for one of his officers following this week’s murder of Rachael Elena Deltondo.

Chief Couch sent a letter to Aliquippa officials detailing his rational in asking for paid leave for Sgt. Kenneth Watkins, reading in part:

Investigative findings during the initial stages have indicated that the juvenile daughter of Aliquippa Police Sergeant Ken Watkins has been named at this time as an associated person. As such to preserve case integrity I am respectfully requesting Sergeant Watkins to be immediately be placed on paid administrative leave and remain on leave until the investigative team and myself determine his return appropriate.

Multiple sources familiar with the matter tell the Beaver Countian that Sgt. Kenneth Watkin’s daughter had been with Deltondo in the hours leading up to her death. Sources say the young woman had gone for ice cream along with Deltondo and another friend on Sunday night, and she later dropped Deltondo back off at her parent’s home in a quiet neighborhood in Aliquippa shortly before the murder.

Sources familiar with the homicide investigation say law enforcement currently believes Rachael Deltondo’s murder to be “a crime of passion.” Authorities believe that Deltondo knew her killer and do not believe it was a random act.

Back in early 2016, Sgt. Kenneth Watkins was one of two officers who responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle involving Rachael Deltondo and a teenage male — police filed no resulting criminal charges against Deltondo. Reports detailing that incident accompanied sensitive information about Deltondo from a state-run law enforcement database that was leaked out of the Aliquippa Police Department at the end of last year. The Aliquippa Police Department and the City of Aliquippa remain subjects of ongoing criminal investigations being conducted by Pennsylvania State Police.

Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker could not be reached for comment about Sgt. Watkins’ administrative leave. Kenneth Watkins and his daughter both declined public comment for this report when reached by phone.

See:

Woman Murdered In Aliquippa Was A Beaver Countian Source Who Had Assisted State Police

Investigative Report: Sensitive Justice Network Info Leaked Out Of Aliquippa Police Department

Pennsylvania State Police Open Criminal Investigation Into Aliquippa Police Department

Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker Refusing To Cooperate With State Police Investigators

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John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Praying the DelTondo Family gets justice and they catch whoever did this to Rachael. NO ONE deserves what has been done to her and her family. Rest In Peace, Rachael. Fly high beautiful girl.

Scorned lover
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My guess he will be dead before they catch him. Self inflicted. Then nobody can talk about what really happened. Too many people had the potential to go down over the leaked documents, amongst other goings on. I think a lot can be learned just by using the search function on this site. JP has been trying to tell us something for months. Potentially years.

The Butler Soapbox
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The Butler Soapbox

Thanks for all your coverage in Beaver County. How much of all this abuse of official power would go unheard of if it weren’t for you?

You deserve a Pulitzer.

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

Something is off with Rachael’s behavior. A 32 yr old woman hanging out with all these teenagers? It’s weird. I’m not in any way saying she deserved this death. I’m just saying there is lots of digging that needs to be done and this is a job for the real police……like the PSP or the feds.

Pathetic
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Pathetic

Grow up. The girl is gone. Keep the negativity to yourself.

ricimer
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ricimer

JP investigates more than the feds an State Police. Where does all this psp fbi investigation go.Let it go on long enough and no consequences for the murders embezzlers and officers that commit official repression. not to mention civil rights violations.

Brian
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Brian

I think the cops and township had something to hid very so they offer her before she could talk.. that’s my opinion but like the saying is opinions are like assholes everyone has one.

jay eric
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jay eric

Children are naive. No one deserves to be executed. This young lady apparently was an investigator and avenue to exposing corruption. If she happened to utilize these kids as informants without their knowledge it doesn’t mean she was engaging with them in any other manner.

Raven
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Raven

The dominoes start falling. This might result in the Who’s Who of Quiptown getting their dubious 15 minutes of fame. What a shame it took a life to start the process.

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The responsible people are busy preparing the patsy.
There may be too much attention this time to hide the real culprits, as opposed to the cop assassin.
JP, watch your back.