An anonymous email was sent to officials at Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School east of the U.S. city of Pittsburgh last October containing details of a police report from 2016.
However, a year later, a report of the incident was leaked to the press.
The former elementary school teacher was placed on paid suspension in October 2017 after Pennsylvania Cyber officials received an email from an anonymous sender about a police report detailing inappropriate contact between DelTondo and an underage student, Brian Hayden, Pennsylvania Cyber's CEO, told Fox News.
DelTondo subsequently spoke with The Beaver Countian in December 2017, and said the relationship was merely a friendship. "I really don't... handsome lady, friendly, knew everybody, talked to everybody". Police had been called in around 10:30 P.M. local time where they found DelTondo; she was found shot after getting out of her auto, with neighbors claiming they heard around 10 to 12 gunshots.
No charges were filed, but police noted in the report that "the windows were steamed over and the engine was not running".
She defended herself at the time by saying that the pair were just talking and that the teen was no longer a student.
Reportedly, her name was sometimes misspelled as "Rachel" in certain media publications concerning the story.
The western Pennsylvania teacher gunned down in a hail of 10 bullets outside her mother's home Sunday likely knew her killer and her death was a "crime of passion".
She also said 'she didn't want her fiancé to know that she was here parked because he would get mad'.
Former boss Hayden said in a statement: "We were saddened this morning to learn of the tragic death of Rachael DelTondo, apparently the result of a violent incident in the city of Aliquippa". However, the check never came in the mail, so the family reached out to their local KDKA-TV reporter, Marty Griffin's segment, "Get Marty".
The leak prompted a state police investigation of the Aliquippa Police - which DelTondo complied with. "We express our sympathy to her family and coworkers and will support them in any way possible in the weeks and months ahead as they mourn her passing". Her mom, Lisa DelTondo, bought her a $10,000 wedding dress from Anne Gregory Bridal in Dormont.
DelTondo reportedly put a $4,600 non-refundable deposit down on the custom dress. It was handmade by a NY designer and required a non-refundable $4,000 deposit.
But the wedding was called off unexpectedly - a few months after DelTondo was caught with the teen, but before the report was made public. Their wedding was canceled a few months after she was found in the auto with the student, but before her name was made public. But the salon owner, Gregory Cherico, never delivered the dress to her and never refunded her deposit.
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