Updated: Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009, 8:40 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009, 8:40 PM EST
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Prosecutors say a young Lewiston woman found dead in a garbage tote died of a drug overdose. But, the family of Amanda Wienckowski strongly believes her death was no accident.
Amanda's father Glenn Wienckowski said, "I want to know where the body was all this time."
Wienckowski strongly believes there's more to his daughter's death than an accidental drug overdose.
The Lewiston woman was found naked last month inside an east side trash tote.
Wienckowski said, "Whoever did this and hid her should be accountable. Who knows? Someone could have helped her. They panicked, whoever she was with."
Medical examiners finally finished delving into Amanda's death and determined that she died from a fatal overdose and ruled that the manner of her death was accidental.
Former District Attorney Frank Clark, a legal analyst for News 4, says the question now is who disposed of the body?
And, even if that person is found, criminal charges are unlikely.
Clark said, "Oh I'm sure there's a public health violation, and
that person could be charged."
"It's just that I've never seen it happen."
News 4's Lorey Schultz said, "She was naked up side down."
Clark said, "I know. I'm sure if you went back 24 hours what actually happened would unfold."
Schultz asked, "Do you think you'll find the person?"
Wienckowski said, "I'm sure we will."
The autopsy results come as Amanda's family and friends continue to honor her memory.
A March benefit is planned at the Dom Polski Center in North Tonawanda.
Amanda's friend Joanna Hemmerling said, "We want to help the
family and tribute to Amanda. She's not someone you want to
"We'll always remember her laugh, and smile. She brightened every one's day."
The benefit is set for March 21st.
Some of the funds will be used to raise awareness about drug abuse.