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."
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says a tractor trailer crashed on Route 39, in the Town of Eagle.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.
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