BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Is the mystery of a young woman, found dead in a Buffalo garbagetote, any closer to being solved? A renowned forensic scientistwent searching for new clues in the death of AmanadaWienckowski.
The more we look into this, a forensic scientist who came totown may not have found a "smoking gun" in this case after all.
Steven Cohen, attorney for Amanda's family, said, "She's lookingat objectively."
The attorney and the forensic scientist hired by AmandaWienckowski's family went back to the scene Thursday morningrecreating what might have happened a year and a half ago. Theywalked a garbage tote from the home where she was dropped off, tothe spot across the street where her body was found inside agarbage tote.
"She pointed out strategically, tactically, how does a body getinto a tote head-down and feet-down? A human being would not havevoluntarily put themselves in that folded up position," statedCohen.
Dr. Silvia Comparini performed a second autopsy earlier thismonth and found what she believed to be marks on the outside of theneck, evidence of possible strangulation. She came here onWednesday to examine the other body parts like the hyiod bone inthe neck which often is damaged in strangulation. After reviewingit, Cohen admits to News 4 today that there appears to be noobvious damage to that neck bone, but he says in young women, thatbone is still flexible, so strangulation still can't be ruledout.
Dr. Comparini explained, "I'm just beginning this investigation.I need much more time to put things together, receive reports, etcetera."
News 4's Dr. Peter Ostrow, a pathologist, also reviewed thefacts and found no sufficient evidence of strangulation. Countymedical examiners concluded she died of accidental overdose. Butwho put her body in a tote?
Wednesday night, at a vigil for Amanda, Antoine Garner, one ofthe last people to see her alive, sat on his porch with a signdeclaring his innocence. He tells News 4 he has voluntarilysubmitted DNA samples and allowed searches of his home.
Next Wednesday, the family's lawyer will go to State SupremeCourt asking that Buffalo Police release crime scene photos to thefamily.
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