Police finally identify woman found dead in trash can in 2008:
More than three years after she was found dead in a Michigan Avenue trash can, a Georgia woman has been identified.
Anita Smith, 44, had gone missing from Rome, Ga., in 2007 and was reported missing by her family in 2010. The body of the woman was found Aug. 21, 2008, by waste disposal workers on Youngstown’s North Side.
At the time, police and the Mahoning County coroner’s office ruled that she had died of an undetermined cause due to the state of decomposition. Detectives interviewed dozens of people while canvassing the area, but were unable to identify the body.
A DNA profile was collected and entered into a DNA index system, and in November 2010, detectives discovered a missing woman from Rome, Ga., who had similar characteristics, according to a release from Youngstown police. It was learned that this person had traveled to Youngstown and had not been seen by her family in Georgia since 2007.
She was not reported missing until 2010. With the cooperation of the Rome Police Department, family DNA samples were collected and compared to the remains. Last week, the identity was confirmed.
“We do have, like I said, some physical evidence that we will need to process and see where that leads us, but there is some work to do in this investigation,” said Youngstown Police Det. Lt. Mark Milstead.
Police still don’t know who is responsible for Smith’s death or how she died. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Youngstown Police Department’s detective division at 330-742-8240 or 330-742-8251.