Fiocco family sues state police, College

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The parents of a 19-year-old College student whose body was found in a Pennsylvania landfill after a frantic, four-week search are suing the state police for investigation records related to their son’s death.

On Monday, the parents of College freshman John Fiocco Jr. filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey State Police, saying police were wrong to deny the family’s request to see police reports concerning their son’s death.

Police denied the family’s request on the basis that the investigation is ongoing.

“All evidence indicates this was a horrible and accidental death. As such, the records requested are not criminal investigatory records and cannot be withheld based upon such an assertion,” attorneys for the family said in the lawsuit.

State police maintain that the records should remain within the agency.

“Any records regarding a continued investigation will not be released under the Open Public Records Act,” state police spokesman Capt. Al Della Fave said.

Last week, the family sued the College, accusing it of not securing its trash-compacting system.

According to Matthew Golden, executive director of public affairs and communications, the College received the lawsuit on March 4. As of March 13, Golden said the school was “simply proceeding through the legal process” and has not “taken any noteworthy steps.”

Fiocco, a 19-year-old from Mantua, was last seen alive early March 25, 2006, in a dorm room after returning from an off-campus party where friends said he had been drinking.