D'Amato Law Firm
Demands DNA Testing
in Cold Case of Tiffany
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,
The Valiantes also noted that Tiffany, whose
mangled body was found pa