One year after Rachael DelTondo was gunned down outside of her home in a city in Pennsylvania, there are plenty of theories, but no arrests, leaving some to wonder if the case will ever be solved.
Erin Moriarty and 48 HOURS investigate the murder of DelTondo and the search for her killer in “What Happened to Rachael?” to be broadcast Saturday, May 18 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
It’s a case that shook Aliquippa, Pa. and remains the ninth unsolved murder in a city with an underfunded and understaffed police department.
There are numerous potential leads for police to follow, including a young Aliquippa High School athlete named Sheldon Jeter and DelTondo’s ex-fiancé, Frank Catroppa.
Both Catroppa and Jeter deny any involvement in Rachael’s death. Moriarty asked Catroppa why people would think he was involved and he answered, “Maybe just, you know, we had a long relationship.”
“In that community, you could probably find a long list of suspects,” says John Paul, a local investigative writer and a CBS News consultant.
John Paul says DelTondo was afraid of a lot of people, including the Aliquippa Police.
Lisa DelTondo says her daughter told her that she was cooperating in an ongoing investigation by state police, into alleged corruption in the Aliquippa Police Department, and that she had received death threats. According to DelTondo, her daughter was “deathly afraid of police. She said, ‘They’re following me, mom. They’re following me.’”
Joe Perciavalle was Aliquippa’s assistant chief of police when DelTondo was killed.
“Do you think anyone in the police department was involved in any way in Rachael’s death?” Moriarty asks.
“You just never know,” Perciavalle says. “Aliquippa is a small community with New York problems.”
Will Rachael DelTondo’s killer or killers ever be found?
Moriarty and 48 HOURS report the story through interviews with DelTondo’s friends and family, attorneys, investigators and more. 48 HOURS: “What Happened to Rachael?” is produced by Judy Rybak and Stephanie Slifer. Atticus Brady, Ken Blum, Jud Johnston and Mike Baluzy are the editors. Patti Aronofsky is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.