'Dumpster diving' at North Carolina clothing store turned fatal

Posted at 8:14 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 08:14:52-05

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.

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.

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.