Police begin landfill search for missing Phoenix woman

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(Source: Phoenix Police Department) (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
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BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Phoenix Police Department has started searching a Buckeye-area landfill for the body of a woman who has been missing for months.

Teams of about 30 are scouring the SR-85 Landfill on West Patterson Road in Buckeye to find the body of Christine Mustafa, 34.

[WATCH: Phoenix Police Dept. video of landfill search for remains of Christine Mustafa]

[RELATED: Police: Landfill search for missing Phoenix woman starts Monday]

Detectives will search the landfill in Buckeye for up to nine weeks.

Mustafa has been missing since May.

[SPECIAL SECTION: The search for missing Phoenix mom Christine Mustafa]

Her live-in boyfriend, Robert Interval Jr. 37, was arrested in her presumed death. He pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned in late June. Interval was charged with first-degree murder.

[RELATED: Friend sheds light on relationship between missing Christine Mustafa and accused killer]

Although Mustafa’s body has not been found, search warrant paperwork says investigators found evidence of blood in the home she and Interval shared. 

Friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil for Mustafa Sunday night near Boulder Creek Elementary School to pray for a successful search. 

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