Body of missing woman known to ‘dumpster-dive’ found in landfill


Brian Niemietz

New York Daily News

The remains of a North Carolina woman who hasn’t been seen since she went “dumpster diving” on Jan. 30 are believed to have been found in a landfill a county away from where she went missing.

Cops believe that Stephanie Cox, whose family said the 30-year-old woman frequently raided trash bins for discarded goods, may have died as the result of an early morning scavenging expedition, according to CNN.

Her vehicle was found near a dumpster behind several businesses where garbage trucks come around at 1:47 a.m. to empty trash into their trucks and haul it away. Authorities believed Cox was in a dumpster when that happened and was unable to escape.

Nearly two weeks passed between Cox’s disappearance from Guilford County and human remains being found at the Uwharrie Environmental company’s landfill in Montgomery County.

Security video reportedly shows Cox arriving alone behind the businesses sometime after midnight. No one else is seen entering that area until a garbage truck came through more than an hour later.

“The commonly known practice of ‘dumpster diving’ is not safe,” a Burlington, N.C., police officer told CNN.

Police are “confident” the remains they recovered are those of the missing woman. A medical examiner is studying items including clothing found at the discovery scene to make a positive ID.

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