Body of North Carolina woman seen entering trash bin is found in landfill, sheriff says

A body of a woman in North Carolina who died while “dumpster diving” was found in a landfill, according to reports.

The body found Monday at Uwharrie Environmental in Montgomery County was believed to be Stephanie Cox, 30, Burlington police said in a post on social media.

Cox had climbed into a trash container to look for reusable items, known as “dumpster diving.”

Police said Cox’s family confirmed it was common for her to collect things from trash containers.

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Police said video evidence showed Cox was alone when she went into the dumpster behind a clothing store on Jan. 30.

No one else was seen in the area until a truck came to service the trash container, police said.

Stephanie Cox. (Facebook)

Stephanie Cox. (Facebook)

Once it was determined that the remains had been taken to a processing center in Montgomery County, a search party had been deployed Tuesday to search for Cox.

A medical examiner will determine a positive identification of the remains, police said.

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“[Stephanie] had the best sense of humor & was always there with positive encouragement when her friends needed her,” a friend wrote on a GoFundMe page to help pay for Cox’s funeral expenses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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