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Missing woman found in trash can

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a suspect for the murder of an east Charlotte woman who was reported missing by her daughter in August.

The suspect, Alan D. Simpson, 38, lived in the neighborhood of victim Cindy Williams, 49, who resided in the 5000 block of Clearmont Avenue, near Albemarle Road, officials said. Williams was last seen leaving the home on Aug. 4, and was reported missing days later. Investigators say witnesses heard an argument and gun shots from Williams home on Aug 4. Among the witnesses was one who claimed to have gone to the home to ask about Williams' welfare, and was met at the door by Simpson, who claimed nothing was wrong, police said.

On Friday, homicide detectives served an arrest warrant for Simpson on charges related to fraudulent use of the victim's food stamps. As a result of interviews with Simpson, Williams' body was located a short distance from her home. The Observer's news partner NewsChannel 36 reported her body was found stuffed in a trash can 100 yards from her home.

Anyone with information about the incident can call 704-432-8477 to speak to a homicide detective or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Detective Susan Manassah is the lead detective on this case.