Police find getaway car of man sought for chainsaw murder

By Calvin Palmer

The police search for a man accused of decapitating his wife with a chainsaw centered on a Walmart parking lot in north Texas today.

Lewisville police have issued an arrest warrant for Jose Fernando Corona, 49, charging him with the murder of his wife, Maria Corona.

Detectives found what they believe to be Corona’s first getaway car, a 2005 Toyota Sequoia, at a Walmart store in Bedford, Texas.

Police believe Corona may be driving a 1991 Ford Ranger that he took for a test drive Monday from a Dallas car dealership, but he did not return it. The two-door Ranger is gold, with Texas license plates AA24004.

Capt Kevin Deaver said detectives are trying to determine how Corona traveled from Bedford to Dallas and beyond, or if someone helped him.

A postal worker discovered the body of the 44-year-old mother of six in the street near her home on Shadow Wood Lane, Lewisville, on Monday. A bloody trail ran from Corona’s house to her headless body.

Police found two chainsaws with blood and tissue matter — one of them still running — on the tailgate of a pickup trucked parked in the driveway.

The couple’s oldest daughter, Carla Corona, arrived at the house while police were still investigating the crime scene and identified the victim as her mother.

Carla’s husband, Freddie Arellano, told police that a few minutes earlier, Jose Corona had called them to say he “had done it, he had killed her and was going to drag her next door”.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner released autopsy results today that confirmed the cause of death was “multiple blunt/sharp force chainsaw injuries due to assault by another person”.

Deaver said the couple had been having marital problems.

Corona reportedly has relatives in Oklahoma and Mexico.

“Lewisville Police have solicited the assistance of federal and state law enforcement due to the possibility that he has left the jurisdiction,” Deaver said.

[Based on reports by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Associated Press.]

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