Amanda Wienckowski Autopsy: Murder by Strangulation
by Geoff Kelly - posted 2:45 pm, November 22, 2011
This afternoon, lawyers for the family of Amanda Wienckowski released the long-awaited report by Dr. Silvia Comparini, the pathologist they hired to determine the cause of the 20-year-old woman’s death.
The verdict: manual strangulation.
On January 9, 2009, Wienckowski’s body was found—bruised and scarred, folded in two and frozen stiff, stripped of clothes, her long blond hair shorn—outside the New Covenant Church on the corner of Clinton and Spring Streets. Despite the signs of violence and traces of a date rape drug in her system, Erie County medical examiners ruled her death an accidental overdose, obviating any further investigation into what her family believed to be a murder. In the months and years that followed, the family fought for the release of medical records, and even Wienckowski’s body parts, so that they could commission their own investigation. They were repeatedly stonewalled but persevered with the help of former Buffalo cold case detective Dennis Delano (now a Cheektowaga town justice), attorney Steve Cohen of Hogan Willig, WBEN radio host Kathy Weppner, and many others.
Both Erie County Attorney Jeremy Colby and Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III were provided copies of Comparini’s report this morning, per the agreement under which the medical examiners’ reports and materials were released to Comparini.
We hope to have more on this soon.