Authorities in Georgia have identified the remains of a woman who was dismembered and stuffed into plastic bags. They have not, however, released her name.
A worker at the Bartow County landfill found the woman on Aug. 13 when the mystery woman’s torso fell out of a bag while the worker was emptying a trash compactor.
Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton said on Monday that the woman's remains are those of a missing person from West Virginia, according to WAGA-TV in Georgia.
Deputies had previously asked the public for assistance in identifying the woman, and released a sketch (pictured) of what they think she looked like, along with descriptions of her tattoos.
“I’ve been doing this 35 years and I’ve never seen something like this before,” Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said after the body was discovered, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Although deputies don't know for sure when the woman was killed, they think they have a general idea of when she was put in the dumpster at the recycling center, before being transported to the landfill.
"The container that she was in was closed at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday," Millsap said on Aug. 15., according to WAGA-TV. There were no surveillance cameras at the facility, he added.
The case brought a group of concerned citizens — organized through Facebook — to the Bartow County Courthouse to pray for justice and answers in the grisly incident. A local pastor named Keith Milner joined about 20 people, WAGA-TV reported. They've taken to calling her "Angel," until she is properly identified.
"We pray for this soul, whoever she is, she was loved," Milner said during the service, according to the station.
Concerned citizens have also placed a memorial at the transfer station where deputies think her body was dumped.
[Photo: Bartow County Sheriff's Office]
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