Police: ‘Dumpster diving’ at clothing store turned fatal

Dump truck at a landfill (Photo: Pixabay)

BURLINGTON, NC (AP) — Police in North Carolina are searching a landfill for the remains of a woman believed to have been killed after climbing into a trash container to look for reusable items.

Stephanie Cox (Photo: Burlington PD)

The Burlington Police Department issued a news release Monday saying that Stephanie Cox was apparently collecting items from a large trash container behind a clothing store in Burlington after midnight one day last week when a truck came to service the container.

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Her car was later found left unattended on a service drive behind a shopping center.

Police say her family confirmed that it was common for her to collect reusable items from the large containers.