Two months after death, family of Brittany lashes out at local police
Two months after Brittany Wawrzyniak’s death, the family of the 18-year-old girl have broken their silence and are strongly criticizing the Worth police department for failing to keep them apprised of the investigation.
“We’ve got a dead 18-year-old girl with no information on how she died other than they state she was jumping out of a moving car on a drug buy. That’s ludicrous,” Wawrzyniak’s step-grandfather, Earl Lane, said Tuesday.
Wawrzyniak’s mother, Rebecca Tully, is equally dismayed over the police department’s failure to inform the family of the investigation’s progress, but did meet briefly with Police Chief Martin Knolmayer on Monday afternoon.
“The [Worth police] chief basically told her she ought to go out in [her] car, climb in the back seat and jump out and see how it’s done”
— Earl Lane
“I feel like they were more polite with me because Brittany’s dad called (Worth Mayor Mary Werner),” Tully said on Tuesday.
Tully said she had no intention of returning to the police department following a Dec. 2 meeting with the chief.
Tully’s mother, Rebecca Lane and Earl Lane sat down on Tuesday with The Reporter to talk about the police department’s handling of the case.
“It seems like a direct slam to the family,” Earl Lane said of the police department’s refusal to share information about the case.
Knolmayer has refused to publically comment on the case, saying only that his department is the midst of an ongoing investigation.
“She wanted to know what was going. What was happening, who they interviewed,” Earl Lane said of the December meeting.
“They weren’t returning her phone calls. She finally got to make an appointment,” Rebecca Lane added. “She figured if she went in in person she might be able to get some answers.”
Tully brought a close friend to the meeting, who was escorted out at the chief’s request when she began to ask questions about the witnesses police had interviewed, Tully said.
Tully asked the chief how her daughter could have fallen out the car. The chief’s response shocked her.