SUMTER, S.C. (AP) – Authorities are searching through garbage at landfills in two South Carolina counties for the body of a 5-year-old girl who was killed along with her mother.
Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said 28-year-old Daunte Johnson told detectives he dumped the girl’s body in a trash bin at a Sumter apartment Monday.
Roark says a trash truck unloaded the complex’s bins before 29-year-old Sharee Bradley’s body was found and Nevaeh Adams was reported missing.
Roark says that trash was unloaded into one of nine bigger trucks, so investigators are sorting through 46,000 pounds (20,900 kilograms) of garbage in Richland and Sumter County landfills.
Roark says authorities are also continuing to search for the girl’s body in other places.
Johnson is charged with murder. Jail records don’t indicate if he has an attorney.