- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a Salem, Ore., woman’s body was transported in a garbage truck to a landfill in Yamhill County, where a worker found it.

Salem police Lt. Steve Birr says the woman was identified through fingerprints as 55-year-old Solveg Birgitte Pedersen Cox.

While an autopsy was conducted Friday, Birr says the cause of death is undetermined pending the result of toxicology tests.

Birr told the Statesman Journal newspaper that officers were able to track the woman’s activities, including phone calls, through Wednesday evening. The body was found in the landfill Thursday.

Police are investigating, although Birr says, in his words, “We’re not convinced at this point that it’s criminal.”

Capt. Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County sheriff’s office says a landfill worker saw what he thought was a manikin roll from the side of the blade of a piece of heavy equipment spreading the load at the Riverbend Landfill. When he looked closer, he saw it was a corpse.



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