Buffalo Common Council Wants to Review Wienckowski Death

January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 8:01 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 8:01 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) The death of 20-year old Amanda Lynn Wienckowski is still shrouded in controversy.

In January 2009, the naked body of Amanda Wienckowski was found stuffed upside-down in a garbage tote behind a Buffalo church.

The Erie County Medical Examiners Office ruled her death was the result of a drug overdose.

The Wienckowski family challenged that finding, hiring a private pathologist who determined that Amanda had died from strangulation and blunt-force trauma.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III ordered a third review which concluded the woman's death was "undetermined."

Now, the Buffalo Common Council wants to review the case with the county medical examiner.

"Our police department is investigating based on the scientific facts that have come forward, and I think there is some question there," added Ellicott District Councilman, Rev. Darius Pridgen.

The Common Council has adopted a resolution calling on the Medical Examiner to "review their initial findings and the findings of the private pathologist and present the reasoning for their final conclusions, during a Committee meeting of the Common Council."

A spokesperson says the Erie County Medical Examiners Office "stands by its findings," and they have no plans to appear before the Common Council.

"It is just appalling. It just seems like something is being covered up," said Leslie Brill, Amanda's mother.

"If he doesn't show up, we are going to continue to put it on the agenda of the council until we come closer to finding the person who put a young lady into a garbage tote," added Councilman Pridgen.

The Common Council's Legislative Committee is scheduled to meet at 2pm on Tuesday January 29th.

Buffalo Police tell Eyewitness News that detectives still consider this an active case, but because the Medical Examiner has officially listed Amanda's death as a drug overdose, it makes charging a suspect more difficult.