An Oregon woman who went missing last week was killed and put in a trash compactor before her remains were found in a Benton County landfill.
The remains of Kaylee Birdzell, 27, were located after a tipster called police and said that her 31-year-old ex-boyfriend Fabian Albert Hernandez “had murdered her in the back of a vehicle and put her body into a trash compactor” with the help of a woman.
The pair then stole Birdzell’s Jeep Liberty that was pulled over by deputies leading to their arrest. The woman admitted to the killing adding that she “was scared for her life if she didn’t do as Fabian told her to.”
According to the woman, she and Hernandez put the victim’s body in a “steamer trunk” before dumping the remains in the garbage outside an Aloha apartment complex west of Portland. Birdzell’s remains were found Tuesday at the Coffin Butte Landfill, almost 70 miles away.
“It’s a large facility,” Sgt. Danny DiPietro said. “There was a couple of semi-trucks full of garbage and they were able to get investigators out there, and they just took the tedious task of going through the garbage bit by bit and doing everything they could to help solve this case.”