Investigation underway at Coconut Creek landfill in search for missing Alabama mother

COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) - Local and federal investigators’ search for a missing Alabama mother in a South Florida landfill enters its second day.

The FBI and local investigators started a search at Monarch Hill Landfill in Coconut Creek, Thursday morning, as they investigate the disappearance of 21-year-old Leila Cavett who went missing in Broward County in July.

7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene where several crew members could be seen digging through the landfill Thursday morning.

It was a similar scene on Friday morning and afternoon as investigators continued their search.

Clues and surveillance videos led investigators to the landfill.

The bureau arrived with several trucks and set up tents and other large equipment for what could be a weekslong search, if not longer.

Investigators said Cavett traveled to South Florida from Alabama to meet Shannon Ryan, a self-proclaimed witch.

Detectives believe Ryan is connected to the disappearance of Cavett and has since been arrested for the alleged kidnapping of Cavett’s 2-year-old son.

Cavett’s son was found wandering the streets of Miramar on his own. Cavett’s family traveled to South Florida over the summer to plead for their loved one’s return.

Ryan took to social media in August and claimed he was the last person to see Cavett.

The FBI said surveillance cameras captured Ryan tossing trash into a dumpster at the same gas station Cavett was last seen alive.

What investigators found in the dumpster led them to the landfill.

Authorities urge anyone with information about this case to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to A $10,000 reward is being offered.

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