Police still investigating woman found in dumpster


VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — Vestavia Hills police are trying to figure out how a woman ended up inside a trash compactor outside an office building?

As of now, police do not suspect foul play, but investigators say that could change.

The Vestavia Hills woman didn’t come home when she was supposed to Friday evening. Her husband called police, and she was found a few hours later inside a dumpster at 3500 Blue Lake Drive.

She was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment.

“At this point, we have no evidence that a criminal act has occurred,” said Lt. Brian Gilham with the Vestavia Hills Police Department. “Now, that can change. Obviously, we’re subpoenaing medical records, more information from the hospital, but at this point we have no indication that a criminal act has occurred.”

The question remains: why would a woman leave her car running in an officer parking lot where she did not work and voluntarily climb inside a dumpster?

Police aren’t saying. They’ve questioned the woman a few times since the incident occurred.

Police say their goal is to protect the victim, whether or not she was a victim of a criminal act or of other circumstances.

The woman is still in stable condition at UAB Hospital. Gilham says people in Vestavia Hills have no reason to worry about a possible criminal on the loose at this time.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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