The remains of the 31-year-old suspect’s missing girlfriend were discovered in a landfill in Oregon, leading to his arrest.
Kaylee Birdzell was reported missing on August 5, according to a statement from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
On the second day after the murder, detectives learned that the 27-year-old woman’s body had been dumped in the dumpster of an apartment complex.
Authorities found Birdzell’s body on August 9 during a search of the Corvallis landfill known as Coffin Butte.
The young woman’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy was performed the following day. How exactly she died is unknown.
On August 7, police spoke with Fabian Albert Hernandez, Birdzell’s boyfriend at the time.
This man “was arrested that day on unrelated charges of identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card,” the statement reads.
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On August 10, “detectives added charges of murder in the second degree and abuse of a corpse,” and Hernandez was remanded to prison without bond.
As the investigation continues, new charges may be brought.
The murder’s motivation has yet to be determined. No one has come forward to say whether Hernandez is represented by an attorney.
Call (503) 846-2700 if you know anything about the couple’s whereabouts recently or Birdzell’s death.
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