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PA cops search home of teen that Rachael Deltondo was found with

  • Teacher Rachael DelTondo, 33, was shot dead on Sunday - six months after it was revealed she was found in a parked car with a 17-year-old boy
  • Aliquippa Police Department in Pennsylvania have searched home of Sheldon Jeter Jr, 20, who was found when he was 17 with DelTondo
  • No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made but Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier believes DelTondo knew her killer 
  • Hours before she was killed, DelTondo and a friend had driven to Hank's Frozen Custard in New Brighton to get ice cream with Tyrie Jeter - Sheldon's brother
  • Police interviewed Sheldon Jeter on May 14 and noted he showed 'no emotion' when they informed him of DelTondo's murder, according to the affidavit   
  • DelTondo begged cops not to tell then fiance when she was caught with Jeter
  • Ex-fiance Frank Catroppa, a businessman nicknamed The Wolf of Alquippa, protested his innocence in an interview with KDKA

By Louise Boyle In Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, For Dailymail.com and John Paul Vranesevich For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:29 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 19:59 EDT, 17 May 2018

Detectives hunting the murderer of a teacher gunned down on her driveway searched the home Thursday of a man she was found with in a steamed-up car when he was just 17.

Cops removed bags of evidence from the home in Aliquippa, PA, after getting a search warrant which also covered Sheldon Jeter Jr's phone records.

Jeter, now 20, was 17 when he was found in a car with Rachael DelTondo in Feburary 2016. She begged cops not to tell her then fiance about the discovery.

The teacher was gunned down on her driveway on Sunday just after 11pm after buying ice cream with Jeter's brother.

The development came after DailyMail.com disclosed that Jeter Jr was the subject of search warrants - although his lawyer said he was not involved in the murder in any form.

And DelTondo's former fiance also spoke out to deny any involvement in the killing.

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Search warrant: Sheldon Jeter Jr (center) has had his phone records and other items seized by cops hunting the murderer of Rachael DelTonto, with whom he was found in a steamed-up car when he was 17
Search warrant: Sheldon Jeter Jr (center) has had his phone records and other items seized by cops hunting the murderer of Rachael DelTonto, with whom he was found in a steamed-up car when he was 17

Search warrant: Sheldon Jeter Jr (center) has had his phone records and other items seized by cops hunting the murderer of Rachael DelTonto, with whom he was found in a steamed-up car when he was 17

Searched: Cops were seen leaving the home of Sheldon Jeter Jr with brown bags after their search. They also had a warrant for his phone records
Searched: Cops were seen leaving the home of Sheldon Jeter Jr with brown bags after their search. They also had a warrant for his phone records

Searched: Cops were seen leaving the home of Sheldon Jeter Jr with brown bags after their search. They also had a warrant for his phone records

Local cops: The hunt for the murderer is being lead by Aliquippa Police Department
Local cops: The hunt for the murderer is being lead by Aliquippa Police Department

Local cops: The hunt for the murderer is being lead by Aliquippa Police Department

Warrant served: Cops handed over the paperwork to get into Sheldon Jeter Jr's home. His attorney told DailyMail.com: 'He had nothing to do with this tragic shooting. He has had a long standing relationship with the victim.'
Warrant served: Cops handed over the paperwork to get into Sheldon Jeter Jr's home. His attorney told DailyMail.com: 'He had nothing to do with this tragic shooting. He has had a long standing relationship with the victim.'
Warrant served: Cops handed over the paperwork to get into Sheldon Jeter Jr's home. His attorney told DailyMail.com: 'He had nothing to do with this tragic shooting. He has had a long standing relationship with the victim.'
Warrant served: Cops handed over the paperwork to get into Sheldon Jeter Jr's home. His attorney told DailyMail.com: 'He had nothing to do with this tragic shooting. He has had a long standing relationship with the victim.'

Warrant served: Cops handed over the paperwork to get into Sheldon Jeter Jr's home. His attorney told DailyMail.com: 'He had nothing to do with this tragic shooting. He has had a long standing relationship with the victim.'

DelTondo's death comes just six months after the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School teacher was suspended from her job over a leaked police report
DelTondo's death comes just six months after the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School teacher was suspended from her job over a leaked police report

DelTondo's death comes just six months after the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School teacher was suspended from her job over a leaked police report

Rachael DelTondo, 32, (pictured) was standing on her mother's Buchanan Street driveway, in Aliquippa, Beaver County, on Sunday when she was killed in a hail of gunfire
Rachael DelTondo, 32, (pictured) was standing on her mother's Buchanan Street driveway, in Aliquippa, Beaver County, on Sunday when she was killed in a hail of gunfire

Rachael DelTondo, 32, (pictured) was standing on her mother's Buchanan Street driveway, in Aliquippa, Beaver County, on Sunday when she was killed in a hail of gunfire

Frank Catroppa - a businessman once nicknamed the Wolf of Aliquippa - told KDKA-TV: 'When you're with somebody for eight years, that's quite some time, you just hope to see that they at least get justice. It's a sad, sad case.'

His attorney, Stephen Colafella added: 'We wanted to be very, very clear publicly that Frank Catroppa has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what happened.'

At Jeter's home family members gathered on the front porch as a police SUV and sedan in the street pulled off. 

One woman, believed to be Sheldon's mother, Delsha Crumb Flannigan, appeared to be crying on the porch, while an older man held onto what appeared to be official paperwork and made a phone call.

DelTondo's murder comes six months after she was suspended from her job when a February 2016 police report was leaked, revealing she had been found in a 'steamed-up' parked car with a 17-year-old boy.

DailyMail.com and the BeaverCountian.com revealed on Thursday that earlier this week, the Aliquippa Police Department applied for a search warrant for the individual she was found in the car with. 

Wanted answers: Sheldon Jeter Jr's mom, Delsha Crumb Flannigan, said in November that she wanted to know the truth about what happened between police, her son and Rachael DelTondo
Wanted answers: Sheldon Jeter Jr's mom, Delsha Crumb Flannigan, said in November that she wanted to know the truth about what happened between police, her son and Rachael DelTondo

Wanted answers: Sheldon Jeter Jr's mom, Delsha Crumb Flannigan, said in November that she wanted to know the truth about what happened between police, her son and Rachael DelTondo

According to social media, Jeter Jr is a former football player at Aliquippa High School, who graduated in June 2016. DelTondo taught elsewhere.

His mother was featured, but not identified by name, in a video report in November 2017 on WPXI.

Flannigan told the reporter that she was shocked to discover her son was the subject of a police report after being found in a 'steamed-up' car in a wooded area with DelTondo at 2am in February 2016.

Both Jeter and DelTondo, who was not his teacher, told responding officers that they were 'talking' and were 'just friends'.

Flannigan said: 'I really don't want to believe this is real. I really don't. I'm clueless right now. I'm at a loss for words, actually. I had been hearing rumors going around.'

Following the leak of the report from their department, Aliquippa Police said that incident involving Deltondo and teen was investigated twice and was 'unfounded'.

Police are attempting to establish suspects in the case which investigators have described as a 'crime of passion'. Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier said evidence appeared to show the perpetrator was known to the victim.

No suspects have been identified by police and no arrests have been made. The search warrant was applied for by Aliquippa Detective Captain Ryan Pudik and by signed by Magisterial District Judge Janet Swithart. 

Court documents viewed by DailyMail.com and the Beaver Countian show that the subject of the search warrant is Sheldon Jeter Jr - the boy she was found with in 2016, who is now 20.

The warrant, filed on May 14 by the City of Aliquippa Bureau of Police, is seeking access to Jeter's iPhone, call records and geolocation data.

According to the affidavit, DelTondo had been picked up by female friend, daughter of Aliquippa police Sgt. Kenneth Watkins, around 8pm om Sunday night.

Sgt Watkins has been placed on paid administrative leave by Chief of Police Donald Couch because his daughter, who is a minor and is not being named by DailyMail.com, is involved as witness in the case, according to the Countian.

According to the search warrant's affidavit, DelTondo and her friend went to Circle K convenience store, then visited a friend before DelTondo returned to her parents' home to change her clothes at 9.20pm. Ten minutes later, the two women left in Watkins' car and picked up Tyrie Jeter, brother of Sheldon Jeter Jr, in downtown Aliquippa.

The three drove to Hank's Frozen Custard in New Brighton to get ice cream. After about an hour, the friend drove back to DelTondo's home, leaving her there at 10.44pm and driving off with Tyrie Jeter.

Reports of gunshots were made four minutes later.

Innocent: Rachael DelTondo's ex-fiance Frank Catroppa - nicknamed The Wolf of Aliquippa - told KDKA-TC it was a 'sad, sad case' while his attorney Stephen Colafella added: 'We wanted to be very, very clear publicly that Frank Catroppa has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what happened.'
Innocent: Rachael DelTondo's ex-fiance Frank Catroppa - nicknamed The Wolf of Aliquippa - told KDKA-TC it was a 'sad, sad case' while his attorney Stephen Colafella added: 'We wanted to be very, very clear publicly that Frank Catroppa has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what happened.'

Innocent: Rachael DelTondo's ex-fiance Frank Catroppa - nicknamed The Wolf of Aliquippa - told KDKA-TC it was a 'sad, sad case' while his attorney Stephen Colafella added: 'We wanted to be very, very clear publicly that Frank Catroppa has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what happened.'

Friends: When Rachael DelTonto was caught in a steamed-up car in woodland with Sheldon Jeter Jr, she told cops they were simply friends and begged them not to tell her fiance, 36-year-old Frank Catroppa, to know about it
Friends: When Rachael DelTonto was caught in a steamed-up car in woodland with Sheldon Jeter Jr, she told cops they were simply friends and begged them not to tell her fiance, 36-year-old Frank Catroppa, to know about it
Friends: When Rachael DelTonto was caught in a steamed-up car in woodland with Sheldon Jeter Jr, she told cops they were simply friends and begged them not to tell her fiance, 36-year-old Frank Catroppa, to know about it
Friends: When Rachael DelTonto was caught in a steamed-up car in woodland with Sheldon Jeter Jr, she told cops they were simply friends and begged them not to tell her fiance, 36-year-old Frank Catroppa, to know about it

Friends: When Rachael DelTonto was caught in a steamed-up car in woodland with Sheldon Jeter Jr, she told cops they were simply friends and begged them not to tell her fiance, 36-year-old Frank Catroppa, to know about it

An affidavit shows DelTondo when to Circle K convenience store (pictured) visited a friend, and returned to her parents' home before picking up Tyrie Jeter
An affidavit shows DelTondo when to Circle K convenience store (pictured) visited a friend, and returned to her parents' home before picking up Tyrie Jeter

An affidavit shows DelTondo when to Circle K convenience store (pictured) visited a friend, and returned to her parents' home before picking up Tyrie Jeter

The 32-year-old and her friends drove to get ice cream and was dropped back off at her parents' home (pictured) at 10.44pm, and reports of gunshots were made four minutes later 
The 32-year-old and her friends drove to get ice cream and was dropped back off at her parents' home (pictured) at 10.44pm, and reports of gunshots were made four minutes later 

The 32-year-old and her friends drove to get ice cream and was dropped back off at her parents' home (pictured) at 10.44pm, and reports of gunshots were made four minutes later 

According to the affidavit, Tyrie Jeter confirmed to police that he had gone to Hank's Frozen Custard with the two women and that DelTondo was left outside her parents' home at 10.44pm by the female friend who said she would return. The friend dropped Tyrie on Main Street, he told police.

Text messages from the female friend's phone revealed that she texted DelTondo at 10.41pm, 'go for a walk I'll pick you up after'. DelTondo replied, 'U serious?' 'Haha' at 10.44pm. Ten minutes later, she texted DelTondo 'be there soon' and six minutes after that 'on my way'. At 11.07pm, she tried to call DelTondo's cell phone.

Tyrie Jeter allowed police to look at his cell phone messages. At 10.07pm he had a message from his brother Sheldon which read: 'Is yal there already?'

Tyrie responded: 'Yea'. At 10.15pm, Sheldon texted Tyrie: 'I got left huh' – with six smiley face emojis. At 10.19pm, Sheldon texted Tyrie: 'Who all you with'.

Then at 10.30pm, Sheldon text Tyrie: 'Hanks closed.'

Police interviewed Sheldon Jeter on May 14. During the interview, he asked officers why they had come and when they informed him of DelTondo's murder, he showed 'no emotion', according to the affidavit.

Sheldon Jeter told police that he had seen Rachael DelTondo at Circle K with a 'white girl' he later identified as the police sergeant's daughter. Sheldon said DelTondo told him that 'they were going to get ice cream somewhere'.

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School(pictured) suspended DelTondo after school officials and members of the media received an anonymous email in October 2017, containing the 2016 Aliquippa police incident report which implied she inappropriately met with a 17-year-old boy - who has now been identified as Sheldon Jeter 
Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School(pictured) suspended DelTondo after school officials and members of the media received an anonymous email in October 2017, containing the 2016 Aliquippa police incident report which implied she inappropriately met with a 17-year-old boy - who has now been identified as Sheldon Jeter 

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School(pictured) suspended DelTondo after school officials and members of the media received an anonymous email in October 2017, containing the 2016 Aliquippa police incident report which implied she inappropriately met with a 17-year-old boy - who has now been identified as Sheldon Jeter 

DelTondo's (pictured with a partner in 2015) engagement was called off a few months after she was caught in a steamed up car with a teenage boy
DelTondo's (pictured with a partner in 2015) engagement was called off a few months after she was caught in a steamed up car with a teenage boy

DelTondo's (pictured with a partner in 2015) engagement was called off a few months after she was caught in a steamed up car with a teenage boy

Sheldon then told police that he drove two friends who were with him in his silver Nissan to their homes in Center Township and then drove to his own home in Aliquippa.

According to the affidavit, Sheldon told police that he was picked up by a woman, whose identity he wouldn't reveal, and taken to his mother's home -the address which he wouldn't reveal.

He said his mother's boyfriend, who he wouldn't identify, drove him home at 10pm.

Sheldon showed police a text message that he had sent at 9.29pm to a number – believed to belong to Rachael DelTondo – which read 'I wont go ok.'

The affidavit states that DelTondo, the female friend and Sheldon Jeter Jr 'were known to each other and considered friends'.

It also states that the three were linked by a prior law enforcement investigation by the City of Aliquippa police.

A police review of surveillance footage from the Circle K convenience showed DelTondo arriving at the gas station in her female friend's car.

Police were unable to locate Sheldon Jeter on the surveillance footage at the gas station.

They also believe that Sheldon's assertion that he met with DelTondo at the Circle K to be false, according to the document. 

Sheldon communicated with Tyrie about accompanying him, DelTondo and the other female to Hank's Frozen Custard, investigators claimed in the affidavit.

Attorney Michael Santicola told DailyMail.com: 'I represent Sheldon Jeter. I have obtained a copy of the search warrant for my client. 

'He certainly is cooperating with any investigation because he had nothing to do with this tragic shooting. He has had a long standing relationship with the victim, so I think just by the mere fact that police are investigating every person possibly connected to her his name came up.'

In October 2017, school officials and members of the media received an anonymous email in containing the 2016 Aliquippa police incident report which implied she inappropriately met with a 17-year-old boy.

The report stated that officers were on patrol at around 1.50am on February 6, 2016, when they saw a car parked near the old Aliquippa Hospital.

Police noted that 'the windows were steamed over and the engine was not running.' Inside was DelTondo and the teen.

DelTondo reportedly told officers at the time that she was talking with a 'former student.'

School CEO Brian Hayden said records show the teen was never a registered student at PA Cyber.

Lozier said this exposure was a 'personal vendetta against' DelTondo.

She said that 'she didn't want her fiancé to know that she was here parked because he would get mad.'

No charges were brought against DelTondo over the incident, and police drove the teen home that evening. The report was not public knowledge until the anonymous email was sent in October last year.

The school announced they were suspending her the following month.

The leak prompted a state police investigation into Aliquippa Police - which DelTondo cooperated with. 

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