When 20-year old Amanda Wienckowski's body was found in a garbage can in January of last year, her family felt foul play was involved. Now nearly two years later, a State Supreme Court judge made a ruling allowing Wienckowski's to conduct their own full autopsy.
"There was never a doubt in my mind...that is all I want for her so she can rest," said Leslie Midzinski, Amanda's mother.
"If this was an overdose who put her in the garbage tote who took her clothes, that's it, it's a simple question," said Dennis Delano, a former Cold Case Detective with the Buffalo Police Department.
Lawyers for Amanda's family claim the county medical examiners office was grossly incompetent in handling this case.
"I consider this to be a shot across the bow of the buffalo police department and the county of erie that lies will not be tolerated in his honor's courtroom I think everybody's on notice they better start telling the truth," said Steven Cohen, the family attorney.
Amanda's family also has the support of Lynne Dejac who attended Friday's press conference. Dejac was convicted then cleared of the 1993 murder of her daughter. Meanwhile, Amanda's family hopes this ruling is the first step in getting closure in the death of their daughter.
The county has 30 days to appeal the judge's ruling. Once that information is given to the family's private medical examiner it will take about three weeks for her to determine Amanda's cause of death.
The Buffalo Police Department said the case is remains open and under investigation by homicide detectives. The Erie County Health Department declined to comment on this case today.