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    Remains of woman (Stephanie Cox, 30) who disappeared dumpster-diving believed to be found in landfill

    https://nypost.com/2020/02/11/remain...d-in-landfill/

    A woman who went dumpster-diving in North Carolina never came out alive and authorities now believe they have found her remains at a local landfill.

    Stephanie Cox, 30, of Burlington, was alone when she attempted to collect items from a dumpster behind a Five Below store, part of the Alamance Crossing strip mall, shortly after midnight on Jan. 30, local police said in a statement.

    Police couldn't say what happened to Cox in the dumpster but said she was apparently still in it when a garbage truck came to empty it at 1:47 a.m.

    Police don't suspect any foul play.

    No one else was on the property between when Cox showed up and the truck arrived, according to video cops reviewed.

    Cox's vehicle was discovered unattended behind a row of businesses at the shopping center around 12:30 p.m. that day, police said. Her family reported her missing to the Greensboro Police Department just before 8 that evening.

    Poor weather conditions had halted the search for Cox since Thursday but when investigators resumed the search Monday, they found remains believed to be hers around 5 p.m. at Uwharrie Environmental, a landfill in Montgomery County where police believe the contents of that dumpster were taken.

    The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will work with both the local and state medical examiner's offices to officially identify the remains, authorities said.

    'Other factors such as clothing have assisted in this process,' Burlington Police Assistant Chief Brian Long told CNN Tuesday. 'We are confident that Ms. Cox has been located.'

    Cox's family said it was 'not uncommon' for Cox to collect items from local dumpsters, police said.

    'This case brings to light the dangers associated with collections from dumpsters,' authorities said. 'The commonly known practice of dumpster-diving is not safe.'

    Meanwhile, a friend launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for Cox's funeral expenses, which had raised $3,375 of its $5,000 goal by Tuesday afternoon.

    '[Stephanie] had the best sense of humor & was always there with positive encouragement when her friends needed her,' the friend wrote.

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    I found this one a little scary because I am a yard-saling, couponing, junking, thrift shopping, and dumpster diving kind of lady.

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    I always wanted to try dumpster diving but was afraid of getting a citation with an embarrassing mugshot. I never thought of getting taken away by a trash truck. It's horrible. I wonder if she didn't realize it was the dumpster she was in they were taking and then with all the noise of the truck none heard her screams. Poor lady.

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    I don't want to get close to a dumpster, let alone in it. The smell alone is gross....not to mention who knows what could be in it....dirty diapers? No thanks.


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    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    I don't want to get close to a dumpster, let alone in it. The smell alone is gross....not to mention who knows what could be in it....dirty diapers? No thanks.
    A lot of dumpsters are separated. In Florida, some places have dumpsters just for newsprint. It is a great place to get extra coupons. Sometimes people leave good stuff they don't want next to the dumpster or the curb. Her family said something about her looking behind stores. The trash is bagged and separated ... so no dirty smelly diapers or other undesirable trash. I go to my local gas station when I need boxes. They are separate from other trash.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAjO38syUkc
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