Police Search Home of Former Student in Murder of Rachael DelTondo, Pennsylvania Teacher Slain in her Mother’ Driveway On Mother’s Day

Rachel DelTondo
Rachel DelTondo

A search warrant filed by Aliquippa, PA, police seeks access to an iPhone belonging to a 20-year-old man who had what his attorney called an on-and-off relationship with Rachael DelTondo, the suspended teacher who was fatally shot in her mother’s driveway on Mother’s Day.

Investigators were requesting call and text message records and geolocation data that can help them “further include or exclude Sheldon Jeter Jr. as the actor or conspirator in the criminal homicide of Rachael DelTondo,” according to an affidavit of probable cause that accompanies the search warrant.

Jeter, a former football standout at Aliquippa High School, has not been charged or named as a suspect, and his attorney on Thursday adamantly denied that Jeter had anything to do with DelTondo’s death.

“Somebody had a reason, a motive to kill this poor girl in such a violent way, and to us, it looks like somebody had something to hide,” said Jeter’s attorney, Michael Santicola.

Police have said that the 33-year-old DelTondo was found shot multiple times on Buchanan Street after going out for ice cream with a friend Sunday night. Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier said investigators were making good progress on the case. He has not commented on a possible motive, but has said that DelTondo likely knew her attacker.

Based on interviews and text messages uncovered in the search warrant, police believe that DelTondo, Lauren Watkins and Jeter’s brother, Tyrie, were at Hank’s Frozen Custard in New Brighton on Sunday night — just one stop out of many, according to the warrant.

The search warrant affidavit indicates that DelTondo and Watkins — the daughter of an Aliquippa police sergeant who is now on paid leave — went to the Circle K convenience store and visited a friend, then went to DelTondo’s parents’ home at 9:20 p.m. so she could change clothes.

Ten minutes later, the two women left in Watkins’ car and picked up Tyrie Jeter in Aliquippa and drove to Hank’s, according to the warrant. About an hour later, police said, Watkins drove them back to DelTondo’s home, dropping her off at 10:44 p.m. and driving off with Tyrie Jeter.

Four minutes later, officers were dispatched for shots fired at the home.

Police have interviewed DelTondo’s former fiance, Frank Catroppa, as well as Tyrie Jeter, Sheldon Jeter and Watkins while the investigation continues. Investigators have not named anyone as a suspect.

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SOURCE: Pittsburgh Action News 4