BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB0 - Her frozen body was found stuffed inside a Buffalo garbage totemore than seven months ago.
Amanda Wienckowski's death was eventually ruled an accidentaloverdose.
But her family believes there's more to the story.
"Every day I try to find out what happened. Every day," saidLeslie Brill Midzinski, Amanda's mother.
Leslie shields the sadness by wearing sunglasses.
She's haunted by the unresolved circumstances surrounding herdaughter's death.
"I want justice for Amanda. Amanda doesn't deserve this," Lesliesaid.
In her quest for answers, Leslie and her attorney appearedbefore a Niagara County Surrogate Judge, asking him to orderBuffalo Police and Erie County Medical Examiners to turn over allrecords pertaining to the death of Amanda Wienckowski.
Eight months ago, the body of the 20 year old Lewiston woman wasfound in a garbage tote behind a Buffalo Church.
Medical examiners declared her death accidental, likely acocaine overdose.
Her mom believes she was murdered.
"Someone doesn't just end up naked, folded up and frozen solidwith date rape drug in their blood in a garbage tote," saidAttorney Steven Cohen.
The presence of GHB might not have killed Amanda, but it raisedsuspicion.
"This is a drug you give to someone to make them docile to takeadvantage of them," said Cohen.
While police have previously said that the case won't be treatedas a homicide unless there's a new declaration by the medicalexaminer, city attorneys now declare it is the reason records can'tbe released.
"You would not want to impede the prosecution, the ultimateprosecution of the perpetrator," said Buffalo City Attorney DianeO'Gorman.
But if there is an open investigation, it's news to Amanda'smom.
Leslie said, "Has anyone reached out to say 'hey this is whatwe're doing?' Not one."
Amanda's family is well aware that she made some poor choices inher short life, but none the less are determined to find outexactly what happened.
"It's horrible. Every day is a challenge to wake up and notknow," Leslie said.
Leslie's attorney claims that Niagara County Surrogate JudgeMatt Murphy has the power to order police and the Medical Examinerin Erie County to hand over documents because Amanda lived inNiagara County and he oversees her estate.
The Judge's decision is expected within the next two weeks.
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