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WWW.CHANGE.ORG PETITION ASKS N.J. ATTY. GEN. TO REOPEN VALIANTE CASE

FAMILY/SUPPORTERS PETITION  N.J. ATTORNEY GENERAL  TO REOPEN TIFFANY VALIANTE CASE

WWW.CHANGE.ORG PLATFORM HOSTS GRASSROOTS PETITION

Tiffany Valiante was 18 when on July 12, 2015, she was struck by a New Jersey Transit, Atlantic City Rail Line train bound for Atlantic City from Philadelphia. Shocking to this day is that police and the N.J. medical examiner, without conducting a complete investigation (a full autopsy was never conducted; a rape test kit never administered; her parents, years later, had to pay the cost to an independent lab to analyze what DNA evidence wasn’t contaminated), almost immediately said Tiff took her own life. To them, it was case closed before her casket was ordered.

Several experts agree there was a rush to judgement that led to the rapid, unsupported Medical Examiner’s Office ruling of death by suicide (though independent investigators would later lean towards homicide as the cause). The facts didn’t add up in 2015 and they don’t today.  That is why there’s an appeal to  NJ Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and his Criminal Division (800-277-2427) to order the case reopened. Classifying her death a suicide was in itself an injustice.

Tiffany’s family and friends refuse to write her death off an unsolved mystery, let alone give up. They’ll persist until there’s #JusticeForTiffany.

Family, friends and supporters of #JusticeForTiffany are now petitioning New Jersey’s Attorney General to reopen her case. For more, including a link to the Change.Org Petition, click here. Thank You!

See the full petition below:

TEXT OF PARENTS’ LETTER TO N.J. A.G., AND BASIS FOR PETITION

I am proud and honored to support this petition drive, led by Dianne and Stephen Valiante, in the name of their daughter Tiffany. I fully endorse their position, expressed below, to the N.J. Attorney General:

Our daughter, Tiffany, was 18 when on July 12, 2015, she was struck by a New Jersey Transit, Atlantic City Rail Line train bound for Atlantic City from Philadelphia. Shocking to this day is that police and the N.J. medical examiner, without conducting a complete investigation (the record shows there wasn’t a full autopsy,  any psychological autopsy, and an explanation for lost physical evidence from the scene, including a bloody axe) almost immediately concluded Tiff took her own life. To them, it was case closed before her casket was ordered.

Several experts agree there was a rush to judgement that led to the rapid, unsupported Medical Examiner’s Office ruling of suicide. It’s much more likely she was a murder victim. The facts didn’t add up in 2015 and they don’t today as we appeal to NJ Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin, and his Division of Criminal Justice, to immediately order the case reopened.

BACKGROUND
It was nearly midnight. Tiff, who was terrified of the dark, was about five miles from our Mays Landing, NJ, house. She was found barefoot and partially clothed when first responders found her remains along along the tracks near Mile Marker 45 of the rail line.

Her death was just weeks before Tiff was to start her college career on a full athletic scholarship. She loved the thought of playing collegiate volleyball. Loved everything about living on campus, making new friends, and pursuing a career, maybe in criminal justice. Not a single forensic expert believed Tiff was anything but a happy, hopeful young woman with an immensely bright future when her life met its violent end.

We never hesitated when Unsolved Mysteries Netflix docuseries, asked if it could research and possibly report on Tiff’s death in its new Season (Vol. 3) starting Oct. 18th. Though triggering, we welcome every effort to tell Tiff’s story in hopes that eventually we will know how and why she died; somebody knows something that investigators, for whatever reason (we defer to the AG to determine if there needs to be an investigation of the investigation), never learned.

It is critical, not just for us, but the people of New Jersey, that those responsible for Tiff’s death are held fully accountable. That’s why we’re also now posting a substantially increased reward and encouraging anyone with any information about Tiff’s death, to urgently come forward.

What motivates us is the love for our daughter and our entire family, all our kids and grand-kids, every relative and friend who stands by us in the fight for #JusticeForTiffany.

Dianne and Stephen Valiante
Mays Landing, New Jersey
October 2020

 

Reward Doubled to $40,000 in 2015 Tiffany Valiante Suspicious Disappearance, Death

Netflix announces case will be featured in new ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ season starting Oct. 18th

Egg Harbor Township, NJ (October 11, 2022) – More than seven years after her highly suspicious death, and the controversial investigation that followed, Tiffany Valiante’s parents remain hopeful there finally will be #JusticeForTiffany. Stephen and Dianne Valiante, of Mays Landing, said today they have renewed confidence their daughter’s case will be reopened and that those responsible for their daughter’s death will be held accountable. Effective today, following the announcement that the case will be featured in the Unsolved Mysteries episode, Mystery At Mile Marker 45, when the program’s new season debuts on Netflix on October 18th, they have doubled to $40,000 the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for Tiffany’s July 12, 2015, death along the New Jersey Transit (NJT) Atlantic City Line tracks near her house.Tiffany Reward Poster

“We know every day Tiffany is looking down on us, giving us the strength to help find those who snatched her and were responsible for her death just before she was to start her incredibly promising college career,” said the parents. “We know so many others that also believe Tiffany’s death was not suicide, that there was a rush to judgement to close the case, and that the real story of how and why she died has yet to be told. The combination of this new, deeply-researched, fact-based program, and the increased reward, might just be what’s necessary to help get Tiff’s case reopened,” they added through Paul D’Amato, a family friend and New Jersey-based attorney.

Mr. D’Amato said he joins the Valiante family and its legion of supporters from the area and around the country who continue to fight for #JusticeForTiffany. “Little known is that Stephen and Dianne had to re-mortgage their house, use their own savings to pay for DNA testing of evidence that was gathered but never examined after Tiffany’s death, which was quickly ruled a suicide before a robust probe could be conducted. Due to compromised or lost evidence, which included a bloody axe found at the scene, the nationally recognized forensic DNA lab’s report was incomplete and inconclusive. I share the parents’ belief that there are those who know what really happened to cause Tiff’s death, but they’ve yet to come forward. Maybe, just maybe, someone watching Unsolved Mysteries (www.unsolved.com) will see something then say something to law enforcement that can lead to definitive answers.” Anyone with information about the case is urged to immediately contact law enforcement, including the state Office of Attorney General at 800-277-2427.

He added, “The N.J. Medical Examiner abruptly concluded Tiffany’s death was suicide despite the lack of motive, without conducting a full autopsy, a rape-kit analysis, or proper DNA-evidence analysis, all for reasons still unknown seven-plus years after her mysterious death.”

James Carney, former Judge of the Atlantic County Surrogate’s Court, is among many who believe there can be no justice for Tiffany until the circumstances surrounding her death are re-examined by a state agency, like the New Jersey Attorney General, or the federal Department of Justice.

Prior to her death, Tiffany was making plans to attend her first year at Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, New York), where she was awarded an athletic scholarship. An all-conference volleyball player at Oakcrest High School and for the East Coast Crush Volleyball Club, she was heavily recruited by colleges and longed to play at the highest level – possibly someday in the Olympic games – while pursuing a career in criminal justice.

Contacts:
Paul R. D’Amato / [email protected]
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Steph Rosenfeld / [email protected]

 

Tiffany Valiante Case Highlighted on Netflix Unsolved Mysteries

On October 18, 2022, Netflix will start streaming the new season of Unsolved Mysteries, a popular series that documents the circumstances surrounding mysterious deaths, disappearances, and situations. The 2015 death of Hamilton Township, New Jersey teenager Tiffany Valiante is one of the cases that will be featured on the show this season in an episode titled ‘Mystery at Mile Marker 45,’ reports The Press of Atlantic City.

Tiffany, who had just graduated from high school and was planning on attending Mercy College on an athletic scholarship, was hit by a NJ Transit train travelling between Atlantic City late on July 12, 2015. Tiffany’s death was quickly ruled a suicide, but her parents, represented by the D’Amato Law Firm, believe Tiffany’s death was more likely a murder. They fought in court to have evidence collected by NJ Transit police to be tested privately. Eventually, the Valiante family and Mr. D’Amato were given several pieces of evidence that law enforcement had stored away since Tiffany’s death more than seven years ago.

For more on the Tiffany Valiante case and the upcoming Netflix Unsolved Mysteries episode, read the full article on The Press of Atlantic City.

If you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions, contact a South Jersey wrongful death lawyer at the D’Amato Law Firm. We can help you obtain the financial compensation you are entitled and ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable. From our office in Egg Harbor Township, we represent clients throughout Atlantic City and South Jersey. To discuss your case, please contact us online or call us at 609-926-3300 for a free consultation.