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The Latest: Authorities ID body found in California landfill

January 4, 2019

LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a body found in a Northern California landfill (all times local):

10 p.m.

Authorities have identified a woman whose decomposed body was found in a Northern California landfill.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department says 23-year-old Karina Banta of Hayward was found in rural Livermore on New Year’s Eve.

Authorities say an autopsy Thursday didn’t find any injuries indicating she had been killed. The cause of her death is listed as undetermined pending toxicology results.

Investigators say Banta had a history of mental health and substance abuse problems and homelessness.

She last contacted her family in November.

The San Francisco Chronicle says investigators believe Banta died in another city, possibly in a green waste bin, and was carried in a garbage truck to San Leandro, where it was transferred with a load of waste to a larger truck heading to the landfill.

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11:03 a.m.

Authorities say the body of a woman found in a Northern California landfill was transported there in a garbage truck.

Alameda County Sgt. Ray Kelly tells the San Francisco Chronicle investigators believe the body went through a transfer station in San Leandro on a garbage truck and was off-loaded onto a larger truck before being dropped along with trash into the landfill in rural Livermore.

Workers discovered the decomposing body Monday.

Kelly says the woman’s death is considered suspicious and the coroner’s office is determining the cause and manner of death.

He says the body may have come from any one of the cities on the western side of Alameda County such as Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville or San Leandro.

Kelly says officials are working on identifying the woman.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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