BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The search for a young Lewiston woman, missing for more than amonth, came to terrible end Friday in Buffalo.
Police found the body of 20-year-old Amanda Wienckowski Fridaymorning, inside a garbage tote near a Buffalo church.
Friday night, her family is remembering a young woman who hadher full life ahead of her.
Amanda's mother Leslie Brill Fink said, "I talked to Amandaevery day. She was doing so well."
The mother of 20-year-old Amanda Wienckowski says she had justenrolled at Niagara County Community College the day before shedisappeared.
That was the first Friday in December when a 47-year-old man shehad been staying with dropped her off at a home on Spring Streetnear Clinton.
Brill Fink said, "I confronted him, I said, 'Why would you bringher there? We wouldn't know anybody on the east side. Why would youbring her there? He said she was gonna see a friend,' and then thatwas it."
...until Friday morning when police found her body inside agarbage tote on church property right across from where she wasdropped off on Spring Street.
An hour later police picked up a man who lived at that address,a man who Amanda's family says originally denied ever knowing her,but whose name appeared as a friend on her Facebook page.
Buffalo Police Department Chief Dennis Richards said, "He's beentaken into custody and we'll have further details later as theydevelop."
Police tell News 4 they believe Amanda was involved with heroinand prostitution. But family and friends find it hard tobelieve.
Amanda's father Glenn Wienckowski said, "Wrong crowd, she wastrying to get herself out."
Amanda's sister Danielly Wienckowski said, "No matter what,whoever did this to her, she didn't deserve it. She was avictim."
Glenn Wienckowski said, "Just a beautiful girl, I mean she wasfull of life."
She was one of ten kids, graduated with a Regents diploma fromNiagara Wheatfield, and left an impression even on her old friendsfrom Kenmore Middle School.
Amanda's friend Aunia Mears said, "She was always happy and funloving."
Dia Marie Domiano said, "Just a joy being around all thetime."
Rosalie Toth said, "Just a ball of energy."
Amanda's sister Kristen McCrae said, "She'll be greatly missedfor all of the pluses, and not as something that was thrown in thegarbage, because that's just wrong."
Amanda Wienckowski's friends are holding a candle light vigilfor her on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. at the site of where she wasfound, Clinton and Spring Street.
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