Body found at landfill is identified
She was identified through fingerprints, according to Capt. Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.
The Salem Major Crimes Team responded to the landfill after the body was tracked to a Salem-based garbage truck.
Lt. Steve Birr said investigators tracked the victim’s activities in part through calls she made. A search of her residence was also conducted.
Dr. Clifford Nelson performed an autopsy Friday at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Clackamas in an attempt to determine the time, manner and cause of death. Findings have not been released.
“We’re not convinced at this point that it’s criminal,” Birr said.
Investigators were able to determine early that the body had been transported to the landfill by a garbage truck from West Salem.
Svenson said a diesel Caterpillar was pushing piles of freshly dumped refuse when the operator spotted what he believed was a mannequin roll off the side of the blade.
“He saw that movement, walked over to it and realized it was a body and not a mannequin,” the captain said. “We were looking at two possible trucks, one from Canby and one from Salem. Based on the location where this truck dumped its trash, we were able to narrow it down to the West Salem truck.”
Birr told the Salem Statesman Journal that the West Salem truck had collected trash from about 45 commercial dumpsters Thursday, including one serving Cox’s apartment complex.
According to the newspaper, Cox was found guilty, except for insanity, on two counts of kidnapping in a case brought in Multnomah County in 2000. As a consequence, it said, she was placed in the custody of the state’s Psychiatric Security Review Board.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Salem police at 503-540-2353.