BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A western New York family is waiting the final results of asecond autopsy in the death of a young Lewiston woman.
The doctor that was hired by the Wienckowski family is inBuffalo, she is at Erie County Medical Center Wednesday afternoonexamining more evidence.
Wednesday, for the first time, she met with the Wienckowskifamily and News 4 was there.
"No I don't know what killed my daughter, that's what we'relooking for," said Amanda Wienckowski's mother Leslie BrillMidzinski.
Amanda Wienckowski's mother was joined by her husband, daughterand other relatives to meet the woman who may be able to provideanswers to the questions plaguing this family since January2009.
Who or what cause Amanda's death? Doctor Silvia Comparini is aforensic scientist hired by Amanda's family.
The L.A. doctor has already performed a second autopsy, she isin town Wednesday to examine more remains of Amanda.
So far, her findings point to strangulation as a cause of death.Different from what the medical examiner's office ruled.
They say Amanda, who was found was found half naked in a garbagetote, more than a year ago, died of an accidental drugoverdose.
Dr. Comparini hopes to make a definitive cause of death by theend of the day.
"I'm not finished because there were many parts I didn't get toobtain to examine," said Comparini.
Brill-Midzinski said, "We want closure, some closure, to knowthe truth."
"She would have been 22 today, we miss her very terribly andthis is a means of helping us come to closure with it," said BrillMidzinski's husband.
If Dr. Comparini rules this a homicide by the end of the day,Attorney Steven Cohen for the family says they will try and getthat death certificate changed so that it reflects that this was ahomicide.
They then hope that this means the Buffalo Police will open theinvestigation, even though the Buffalo Police Department says ithas been an open investigation all along.
Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
State Education Commissioner John King is on his way to Buffalo. He is coming for a forum on the Common Core curriculum, downtown Thursday.
The Jo Bros are playing at Kissmas Bash Thursday night at the First Niagara Center. But the band split in September, saying there’s a deep rift.
A one-car crash backed up Route 33 inbound Thursday, around 6:30 a.m. The accident happened on Route 33 West before the Route 198 split.