A woman found in a Waste Management landfill near Marissa is believed to be the subject of a St. Louis missing persons case, police said Tuesday afternoon.
Marissa Police Chief Tom Prather said St. Louis city police contacted his department Monday. Prather said St. Louis police believed the woman’s body was transported to Cottonwood Hills Landfill after being put in a dumpster in St. Louis. The landfill is located about a mile north of Marissa on Hillstown Road.
“They traced the route of the dumpster and determined where the contents would have been in the landfill,” Prather said.
Schron Jackson, St. Louis police spokeswoman, wrote in an email to the News-Democrat that officers are investigating the disappearance of a 23-year old woman reported missing by her family Saturday.
Danny Haskenhoff with the St. Clair County Coroner’s Office said the body was found early Tuesday, and his office was called shortly after, around 10 a.m. Haskenhoff said an autopsy on the body would be conducted Wednesday.
Prather said the search for the body began Monday night and was called off until Tuesday morning.
“We didn’t want to put people at risk working in the dark,” Prather said.
Prather noted the woman has not been officially identified and said he was asked by St. Louis police to refrain from releasing an approximate age of the woman.
“We suspect that this is (St. Louis police’s) missing body,” Prather said.
Once the autopsy is complete and the woman’s identity is determined, the case will most likely be handled by St. Louis police, Prather said.
“We are just glad Waste Management worked with us and gave us that area of the landfill,” Prather said.