Published On: Thu, Sep 13th, 2012

Richard Doria says Jean Valentino memorial ‘went well’ as autopsy results are still pending

Foul play has been ruled out, but the autopsy is not back.

Photo supplied by Chandler police department

Jean Valentino, the Phoenix schoolteacher who was missing nine days before her body was found in a mall parking lot, was laid to rest Saturday during a touching memorial service, her fiance said Tuesday.

Richard Doria, a retired English teacher and Valentino’s fiance, described the memorial which hosted students, faculty, friends and fellow educators as the Scottsdale service.

The memorial went well,” said Doria. “We had to get extra chairs.”

“Everything that was hers is still here,” Doria said describing moving on, living in the same apartment, while still battling the loss.

For nine days, Doria and Jean Valentino’s son, Scott Firle, 31, visited hotels, restaurants, parking lots and women’s shelters. They went to two airports and Arizona State University.

Foul play has been ruled out, police said, and Valentino left no suicide note. But she was plagued by severe health problems. In their report, Chandler police said she was endangered.

“She made statements that were believed to be suicidal,” Chandler Sgt. Joe Favazzo said.

Scottsdale police said Tuesday it will be at least several more days before an autopsy report is released.

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