Woman’s dead body found in charity bin by cleaner as police called to scene

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The dead body of a woman has been found inside a charity bin after she reportedly got trapped inside.

A cleaner made the grim discovery outside a shopping centre on the Gold Coast in Australia.

The woman, 43, is believed to have died after getting half her body stuck in the pull-down chute of the donation bin.

Police were called to the scene at the Stockland Burleigh Heads shopping centre just after 7am on Monday.

Officers initially established a crime scene but later said the death had been caused by "misadventure".

Queensland Police confirmed the death is being treated as non-suspicious.

Paramedics raced to the scene but could not save her.

They announced she was dead upon their arrival.

Firefighters were also called to the shopping centre to help cut the bin open, 9News reports.

But it remains unknown why she went into the bin, according to 7News.

The shopping centre described it as a "tragic incident" and confirmed it is helping with the police probe.

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A spokeswoman for Stockland said: "We are aware of a tragic incident in the carpark outside Stockland Burleigh Heads and continue to assist police with their investigation."

The scene has been cordoned off as an investigation is carried out.

According to reports, there was a heavy police presence outside the shopping centre on Monday.

Investigators have been taking photos of the scene and examining her car, which was found parked next to the bin.

They have also seized CCTV footage of the area.

Authorities are working to identify the woman and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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