Aliquippa Police Out of DelTondo Investigation

Will assist State Police and the Beaver County DA

Joe DeStio
June 14, 2018 - 10:53 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Aliquippa Police Department says it will no longer participate in the investigation into the murder of school teacher Rachael DelTondo.

A letter released this morning by acting Aliquippa Police Chief Robert Sealock says the department will assist other investigating agencies. Sealock says he wants to promote transparency and trust in the community.

State Police and the Beaver County District Attorney have been heading the probe into Del Tondo's murder last month.

DA David Lozier rejects any call for an outside investigator. "The city of Aliquippa asked me to have my detectives spearhead the investigation because of the expertise and rescources we had, and the knowledge of Aliquippa." And while Lozier is not naming a suspect he says they are making progress. "Oh absolutely. But as you know this is not N.C.I.S. There's not an eyewitness to the shooting. You have to have forensics to back you up."

The 33 year old DelTondo was shot multiple times in front of her parents' house Mothers' Day evening.

Police Chief Donald Couch was placed on paid administrative leave last week after a unanimous vote by Aliquippa council. Myron Sainovich, Aliquippa's solicitor, says the suspension was related to complaints from officers under his command, not the probe into the murder of the 33-year-old school teacher on May 13th.

Later, the assistant police chief was arrested after investigators say they discovered he sent sexually explicit material to a minor. The arrest of Joseph Perciavalle is linked to the investigation into DelTondo's killing.

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