Florida contractor charged after 65-year-old customer's body found in landfill

Susan Mauldin
Posted at 9:08 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 09:11:11-05

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida contractor is facing murder charges after the body of a disgruntled customer was found in a Georgia landfill.

The body of Susan Mauldin, 65, was found last week in a Folkston, Georgia, landfill, three months after she disappeared from her Clay County, Florida, home, State Attorney Melissa Nelson said.

Corey Binderim, 45, remained jailed without bond Sunday in Jacksonville after being charged Friday with her death. He has been jailed since December on an unrelated forgery charge.

According to investigators cited by The Florida Times-Union, Mauldin hired Binderim to do some work on her home, but when he failed to complete the job she demanded her money back. She disappeared Oct. 25 and investigators say Binderim soon became a prime suspect.

Detectives eventually developed information that led them to the landfill. Investigators from Clay County, the state attorney's office and the FBI began searching through the trash two weeks ago, 70 to 90 people working each day. After nine days and moving 7,300 tons (6,622 metric tonnes) of trash, Mauldin's skull was found Wednesday and her body was recovered Thursday. An autopsy is pending.

"The recovery of Susan Mauldin's remains now sadly confirms what we believed to be true since October," Nelson said. "Now, Susan Mauldin can be properly laid to rest, and we will begin our work to seek justice on her behalf."

Court records do not show if Binderim has an attorney.