Woman's body found in Yamhill County landfill

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

There was no immediate report about how the woman died. An autopsy was conducted but the cause of death is currently unknown. Investigators are waiting on toxicology tests.

Capt. Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County sheriff's office says the 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 on Thursday afternoon. When he looked closer, he saw it was a corpse.

Police identified the woman as 55-year-old Solveg Birgitte Pedersen Cox of West Salem, said Salem police spokesman Lt. Steve Birr. The woman was identified through her fingerprints.

Birr said Cox lived in the 1200 block of Wallace Road NW.

Investigators searched her apartment, Svenson said.

The investigation is ongoing.