BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Almost a year has passed since a Niagara County woman's frozenbody was discovered inside a Buffalo garbage tote.
Now, the man still considered a person of interest in her deathis coming forward.
Antoine Garner insists he had nothing to do with the death ofAmanda Wienckowski.
"She left my house walking, talking, breathing fine. I didn't doanything to hurt Amanda Wienckowski," said Garner.
He spoke publicly for the first time in almost a year whenpolice declared him a "person of interest" in the case.
When asked if he gave Amanda a fatal dose, Garner said, "no."When asked if he cut her hair, Garner also said, "no."
The body of the 20-year-old former Lewiston woman was found lastJanuary stuffed in a Buffalo garbage tote.
She had been missing for five weeks, last seen alive after beingdropped off at Garner's house, located directly across from whereher body was found.
"I would like to know who put her there. The set up wasincredible right across from my house," said Garner.
"I believe the person knew she came from here and overdosedwhere they did drugs at," he added.
When News 4 asked Garner what he thought of discarding a body ina tote, he had a one word answer - "horrible."
The medical examiner declared Amanda's death an accidental drugoverdose, but her parents have been skeptical, noting that she wasfound naked, her hair had been cut and traces of a date rape drugwere found in her system.
On the night Garner saw her, he claims she stopped by to buydrugs, not for sex as alleged by police.
"There was no sexual encounter that night. Nothing it was shewanted Oxycotin. She came to me for it that was it," saidGarner.
Garner wants Amanda's family to know this, "Sorry for [your]loss. I never hurt your daughter and if she was around me, I'dnever let anyone hurt your daughter."
A Town of Tonawanda restaurant owner has been arrested and charged with strangulation and assault.
Investigators have pieced together who is responsible for dumping a dog on the side of the road inside a zipped up Coors Light thermal bag.
State Police need your help finding the pickup truck driver who pinned a mother against her vehicle as she was loading her baby and young son into it and then fled the scene.
The Cattraugus County Sheriff’s Office says a 17-year-old male from East Otto was arrested on Monday evening.
The Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel will unveil improvements to their gaming floor on Wednesday. The casino spent $26 million into the main gaming floor.
The Mounted Patrol from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department is kicking off its annual Mounted for Meals food drive.