UPDATE: Dead woman found in Phoenix trash can identified

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Body of a woman discovered in dumpster

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UPDATE: Monday, May 18

PHOENIX -- Police have identified the body of a woman found in a trash bin over the weekend.

According to Phoenix investigators, the woman is Tracy Plaxton.

The 31-year-old's body was discovered Friday afternoon in a trash can in a Central Phoenix alley.

Based on the condition of Plaxton's body, detectives are treating this case a homicide, police said. It's not yet known how long she had been in the trash container.

ORIGINAL STORY: Woman's body found in dumpster by passerby

PHOENIX - Police in Phoenix made a gruesome discovery on Friday afternoon.

Officers found a body in a dumpster near 29th Avenue and Coolidge after receiving a call of an injured person.

Investigators say the victim is a white female in her late 20s or early 30s but has not been identified.

Detectives also do not yet know how long the victim had been in the dumpster.

Police are investigating the death as a murder. A nearby resident who was throwing outhis trash found the body and talked to 3TV.

Phoenix police scoped out the area and canvassed the neighborhood trying to find anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious.

Steve Orr found a woman's body in his alley's dumpster. He says she was in a fetal position at the bottom of the trash can.

Police think she was in the dumpster for less than 24 hours and was dumped after being killed at another location.

The woman is between 25 and 30 years old and there were no visible signs of injuries.

Police are still trying to uncover who the woman was.