BeaverCountian.com has uncovered a discrepancy involving the passage of a mysterious letter purporting to be a firsthand eyewitness account of Rachael DelTondo’s May 13 murder in Aliquippa.

This site and the Daily Mail published a joint report Tuesday revealing the existence of the letter allegedly signed by a person who has been interviewed as part of the homicide investigation. The Beaver Countian is not revealing the person’s name because the letter has not been authenticated.

The letter reads in part, “I heard the gunshots and seen her fall … I don’t want to be part of this. They won’t send me (to jail) if I tell them what really happened.”

The Beaver Countian interviewed Kayle Hill of Rochester, who said she was given the letter directly from the person whose signature appears on the note. Hill mailed it to her ex-boyfriend, Beaver County Jail inmate Wayne Cordes of Hopewell Township, just days after the murder. Hill said the letter writer is a friend of Cordes’.

“I was at working at Circle K,” Hill said in the initial interview. “(The friend) came inside and gave me folded-up paper and asked me if I could send it to Wayne … Wayne use to go and take me around and (the friend) knew that I was his baby momma, (the friend) knew he was writing me because he doesn’t have anybody else to write.”

Hill said she later placed the friend’s note in an envelope along with a letter she wrote and mailed them together to Cordes at the jail. She said the two have corresponded about the letter since she sent it to him, with Cordes explaining to her what it was all about and telling her not to worry.

The letter has been the focus of at least two sealed search warrants executed by Beaver County Detectives and Aliquippa police, including the search of Cordes’ cell and a raid on the law offices of his defense attorney, Gerald Benyo Jr.

At the request of District Attorney David Lozier, Benyo and Cordes are both under gag orders by county President Judge Richard Mancini not to discuss the matter.

The Beaver Countian contacted Circle K in Aliquippa in an attempt to confirm some of Hill’s account of events. A woman who identified herself as the store’s assistant manager verified Hill had been employed there, with a hire date in February 2017.

After reviewing the store’s schedules, the woman said the last day Hill worked for the company was April 14, a month before DelTondo was murdered.

The Beaver Countian again contacted Hill to ask about the discrepancy.

“I was up there dropping something off then,” she insisted. “(Wayne’s friend) handed it to me then.”

She abruptly ended the call.

See Also:

EXCLUSIVE: Mysterious DelTondo Murder Letter Leads To Raid Of Attorney’s Office – Court Gags Defense Lawyer

Defense Attorney Seeks Sanctions Against District Attorney Lozier Over DelTondo Murder Letter Raid

Timeline: The Murder Of Rachael DelTondo

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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Tele79
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Tele79

“then” ????

Silence DoGood
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Well now isn’t this an odd turn of events? Did Cordes play Lozier for a fool? Not that it would be very difficult, but he had no way to know how the DA would respond nor that Benyo would seize the opportunity to act on it. If he did contrive the whole letter as a means of avoiding prosecution or at the least getting paid by the county I am skeptical he thought this up himself.

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Thought this up my ass. Aliquippa police Beaver County Det. came up with this one there used to getting away with there halfe wit intellect they just cant get it through there diseased brains JP is here now no insult to where anyone is from. They act like a bunch of inbreds they better expand there gene pool.

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Brrrrrrrrrrrtttttttt

“There” means in that place: We drove there early in the morning.

“Their” is a possessive form of they: They gave their earnings to charity.

“They’re” is a contraction of they+are: When Grandma and Grandpa get here, they’re going to take us out to lunch.

Allrightkids82
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Allrightkids82

See?? Something’s not right here.. I knew a letter couldn’t exist with the clear knowledge that everything is reviewed that comes through that jail. If it does exist, how did it get in there?

Samiam
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Samiam

??

Stellie
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Stellie

Interesting. I imagine a lot of scramblin’ is going on. I envision another search warrant is in the making.

The Condiment King
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The Condiment King

Cordes’ arresting officer was Watkins…at an unidentified home that is around the corner from Watkins’ residence…