A suspect has been charged with capital murder in the death of a missing 20-year-old Birmingham woman.
The victim was identified as Sara Aletha Mitchell. She was last seen on Wednesday, July 31 and reported missing by her family.
Mitchell's body was discovered in a dumpster in Oxford on Sunday, Aug. 4. Her cause of death is pending confirmation from the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, according to Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams.
Birmingham police have charged Mitchell's boyfriend, 23-year-old Justin McConico, with capital murder in the case. McConico was taken into custody by deputies from the Haralson County Sheriff's Office in Georgia days before Mitchell's body was found.
A captain from Haralson County said the day after Mitchell was last seen, McConico was heading to Decatur, Georgia.
He stopped at the first rest stop across the Georgia state line and called a family member in Colorado, asking the relative to wire him some money.
The relative then called McConico's sister in Birmingham and told her about the request. The sister and her boyfriend drove to the state line and met McConico at the rest stop.
Georgia officials said McConico told his sister and her boyfriend that he had killed his girlfriend and left her body in a dumpster.
Eventually, the sister left with McConico under the guise of taking him to an ATM to get some money. Meanwhile, her boyfriend stayed behind and called authorities.
Authorities pulled over McConico and his sister and took him into custody. He is still in custody of the Haralson County Sheriff's Office in Georgia, waiting to be extradited back to Alabama.
Police have not released a motive in the killing.
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