An American contractor has been charged with murder after the remains of one of his clients was found in a landfill in Georgia.
Corey Binderim, 44 (pictured), is suspected of killing Susan Mauldin (pictured), a 65-year-old Florida resident of Fleming Island, near the Florida-Georgia state line, who hired Binderim to fit a new bathroom. When the work was not completed, Mauldin demanded a refund of her $12,000 deposit. She then vanished on the 24 October last year and was declared "missing and endangered".
Binderim initially cooperated with the investigation, but then left the area without explanation.
Darryl Daniels, the sheriff of Clay County, told local media that the search for Mauldin’s remains was conducted over a 10-day period beginning on 20 January. This involved 215 people sifting through 7,300 tons of waste at the Chesser Island Road Landfill, which receives waste from Clay County.
Daniels said: "Human remains were discovered on the ninth day of the search. As a result, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations assisted in the identification of the remains where it was determined to be those of Susan Mauldin."
Daniels declined to say why Binderim was suspected, but did say physical evidence was found at Mauldin’s home.
Rachel Rojas, a special agent with the FBI, commented: "The news was heartbreaking for all of us because we’ve come to know a lot about Ms Mauldin through this investigation, and we know that she was cherished by many people in the community."
The contractor is presently in jail in Duval County, Florida, on an unrelated charge that he took a cheque from a homeowner in the county but did not complete the work. He is expected to be moved to Clay County on the charges associated with Mauldin’s death.
Image: Susan Mauldin and Corey Binderim (Clay County Sheriff’s Office; Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)