NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Pedro Lora-Pena, 42, of Belleville has been arrested for the murder of Diana Boggio, 41, also of Belleville.

Yesterday morning at approximately 9 a.m.  Boggio’s dead body was discovered in the trunk of her Honda Accord at 25 Verona Avenue in Newark.

Her boyfriend, Pena has been charged with her murder, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose and moving or concealing human remains.

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Boggio was reported missing to Belleville Police on Saturday, Jan. 28 at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The preliminary investigation indicates he murdered her at another location and brought her to Newark.

The investigation is active and ongoing.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.