Report: Woman found in trash bin died from suffocation

May 25, 2019 - 4:30 pm

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — An autopsy has found that a Winston-Salem woman whose body was found stuffed in metal trash bin late last year was suffocated to death.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that an autopsy report for 30-year-old Shantika Lashae Dunlap shows that she died from asphyxia due to suffocation. She also sustained blunt force injuries.

Her body was found in a trash bin behind a business on Dec. 15, two days after she was reported missing. She was wrapped in a blanket secured with tape.

Mario Bennett, a registered sex offender, is charged with murder in Dunlap's death. He is being held in a lockup and has a July court date.

Dunlap's mother has said her daughter was a loving parent to three boys and one girl.

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