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D'Amato Law Firm Demands DNA Testing in Cold Case of Tiffany Valiante Flipbook PDF

Thanks to the persistence of attorney Paul D'Amato, and the recent approval of his discovery motion, DNA testing cou


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D'Amato Law Firm Demands DNA Testing in Cold Case of Tiffany Valiante

On March 1, 2021 the family of Tiffany Valiante got a break in the five-year-old cold case of her suspicious death as their lawyer, Paul D'Amato successfully motioned to reopen discovery, which was granted by a Superior Court judge in Atlantic County, NJ.

As a result, the the N.J. Transit Police Department was ordered by Superior Court Judge John C. Porto to hand over several pieces of evidence to help solve the death of Tiffany Valiante, an 18-year-old resident of Mays Landing, NJ, who was struck by a New Jersey Transit commuter train in July 2015.

Her death was ruled a suicide, but the Valiante family and attorney Paul D’Amato reject this theory, and strongly believe that foul play contributed to her passing.

The D’Amato Law Firm in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, filed the complaint (Valiante v. N.J. Transit Police Department, Superior Court of NJ, Atlantic County, No. ATL-L-OO1840-19) two years ago, asking the Court to reopen discovery and order the transit agency to have DNA from the scene tested.

Items to be tested include DNA and a DNA card, Tiffany’s bloodied ankle bracelet, headband, sneakers, and numerous other personal items recovered at or near the railroad tracks where she was struck.

This is the first time that these items will be examined by an independent lab, which could be groundbreaking for the ongoing case. Additionally, the Valiante family has required that an axe and keychain be analyzed.

Testing will take about two weeks, and the Valiante family is anxiously awaiting the results.

If foreign DNA is found on the items, it will be a turning point for the case and the Valiante family.

"We need to know how and why our precious daughter, who had everything to live for as she was about to start her college years, was killed, including whether she was brutally murdered then thrown onto the train tracks to conceal the killing," said Tiffany's father, Stephen Valiante.

The Valiantes also noted that Tiffany, whose mangled body was found partially clothed and barefoot, inexplicably was killed nearly five miles from the family home, yet her shoes were located more than a mile from the scene. The shorts she was wearing that night were never recovered.

A $20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party. “Somebody knows how Tiffany got from our house to the train tracks and we’re hoping the reward will motivate one or more people who know something to finally say something.” - the Valiantes.

Prior to her death, Tiffany planned to attend Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY), where she was awarded an athletic scholarship. An all-conference high school volleyball player, she was heavily recruited by colleges and longed to play at the highest level, while pursuing a career in criminal justice.

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