Investigation Into Batavia Mother's Fall to Death

August 12, 2010 Updated Aug 12, 2010 at 5:25 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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August 12, 2010 Updated Aug 12, 2010 at 5:25 PM EDT

Batavia, NY (WKBW) -- 47 year old Deborah Maniace was found dead shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday morning along these CSX railroad tracks near Batavia. "The cause of death has been ruled as result of injuries from a fall. We're presuming it's a fall from a bridge," says Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Jerome Brewster. Friends have set up memorials on the concrete barrier that it's assumed that Maniace toppled over. "I think the railing is almost four feet high. She was only 5'2. So yeah, it's not something that you walk along and stub your toe and fall over." Brewster says.
The Genessee County Sheriff's Office has been trying to piece together what may have caused the Batavia mother to fall to her death. "If we can't rule out something other than natural or suicide, then we're just going along with the fact that there's something funny about this one and we'll keep looking into it."
What authorities do know is that Maniace had called her son around two am Saturday after a night of drinking with her boyfriend. "(Her son) said it was apparent she had a fight with her boyfriend and was walking home and was looking for a ride." Brewster tells us. Maniace's boyfriend, Luis Martinez, lived on Horeshoe Lake Road just around the corner from the accident scene on Route 33. Laura Gray asks, "Is there any history of violence between (them)?" Brewster replies, "There has been." Brewster says Martinez has been cooperative and so has Maniace's family.
The Sheriff's Department has been looking for survelience tapes from area businesses for any clues as to what went wrong. "I'd like to see if it shows her walking, if his car is out. I'd like to see if there are other cars out that I might identify and say, hey did you see or hear anything?"
Toxicology reports could be in on Monday, but authorities still have a lot of questions about what happened that night. Brewster tells us that anyone who may have seen Maniace Friday into Saturday should call them at 585-343-5000.