BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The family of Amanda Wienckowski is closer than ever to findingout exactly how she died. And as investigators search for thetruth, loved ones of the young Lewiston woman are paying tribute toher memory.
Stephen Cohen, attorney for Amanda's family, said, "We are agiant step closer to knowing the truth today."
On what would've been Amanda Wienckowski's 22nd birthday, herfamily and friends held a vigil and released balloons at Clintonand Spring Streets where her body was found naked in a garbage totea year and a half ago. The original autopsy concluded she died ofan overdose.
Amanda's stepfather, Kenneth Fink, said, "Amanda didn't dieaccidentally. Amanda's gone from our midst. We can't kiss her, hugher, enjoy her presence, or do any of those things."
On Wednesday, a forensic scientist from the West Coast, who thefamily hired, came to town to examine the body parts that shewasn't able to examine before.
"Tongue, hyoid [bone],thyroid gland," explained Cohen.
They also saw for the first time a fax transmission talkingabout some kind of DNA testing.
Cohen stated, "That's inconsistent with the statement thatthere's no DNA evidence, and this was dated April 30, 2010."
But Dr. Silvia Comparini has not reached any conclusionsyet.
Dr. Comparini explained, "Now, what Erie County did and did notdo is really kind of behind us, and we have to kind of start allover again."
A vigil was held where her body was found, and the whole time,right across the street, Antoine Garner sat on his porch with asign out front declaring his innocence. He was one of the lastpeople to see her alive, but says he submitted DNA samples andallowed searches of his home, and tells News 4 he feels suspicionis wrongly surrounding him.
"Everyone's innocent until proven guilty. I'm not pointing afinger at him, nor should I," commented Fink.
On Thursday, Dr. Comparini will examine the location whereAmanda was found. And next week, the family goes back to courtfighting to get this case reopened as a murder case.
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