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SNUKA NEWS: Update on the investigation into 1983 unsolved death of Jimmy Snuka's girlfriend

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:12:02 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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October 17 Update: The re-investigation into the 1983 death of Jimmy Snuka's girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, is still ongoing, according to a spokesperson for the District Attorney in Lehigh County, Pa.

Spokesperson Debbie Garlicki told investigative reporter Irv Muchnick: ”We do not comment on pending investigations. When the matter is concluded, an appropriate comment will be made.”

The cold case surrounding Argentino's death was re-opened three months. The original story on the new investigation is below...

Original Story July 18

The cold case surrounding the 1983 death of then-WWF star Jimmy Snuka's girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, will be re-opened in Pennsylvania, according to Lehigh (Pa.) County District Attorney Jim Martin.

Following a letter from Nancy's sisters, the 30-year anniversary of Nancy's death, and a push from wrestling author Irv Muchnick, the case will be looked at again, but Martin is tempering expectations.

“I told them (Nancy's sisters) I didn’t want to raise any false expectations and I wasn’t making any commitments, but I told them we’ll take a look at it,” Martin told the Courier-Post newspaper.

Martin continued, "I feel empathy for the Argentino family, but 30 years ago there was not sufficient evidence in this case to charge anybody with a crime. There’s an inconclusive pathology report on the autopsy. It hasn’t been ruled a homicide. And basically what we have is Snuka giving some inconsistent statements."

Nancy's sisters's are motivated by wanting justice for Nancy's death, which they believe Jimmy Snuka had a role in. They base this on the autopsy, which recommended that Nancy's death be investigated as a homicide, and Nancy's body covered in marks at the time of her death, plus other evidence.

“Seriously, I don’t have ill will against him (Snuka),” said sister Louise Argentino-Upham. “I just feel if you did something like that, you should pay for it and you do your time.”

The Courier-Post reports that it is unlikely that Snuka will be questioned again about the case, as the focus will be on the files and evidence available for examination. However, if there is an "avenue of investigation that was not done" in 1983, the investigators "may or may not talk to other people."

Snuka contended in his 2012 autobiography that Nancy's death was the result of Nancy hitting her head on the ground after they pulled over to the side of the road on the way to a WWF TV taping.

Asked to comment on the case today, Snuka denied a request for an interview, but Snuka's wife, Carole, commented to the newspaper over the phone.

“Jimmy’s been very quiet ever since,” Carole said in reference to the Morning Call publication reporting last month that the case might be re-opened. “His words were, ‘You know I’ll talk to you any day of the week, but this is something I just don’t want to do in the papers.' He says he feels bad about it, but he’s a private person."

[ LINKS: Courier Post report HERE & Irv's book covering the case HERE ]

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