Private investigator says he believes body of Jahi Turner is in Otay Landfill

PI says San Diego police never searched landfill

SAN DIEGO - A private investigator told 10News he might know where to find the body of Jahi Turner, the two-year-old boy who disappeared 11 years ago in San Diego and is believed to be dead.

"It's very heart-wrenching," said private investigator Bill Garcia.

When young Jahi disappeared, San Diego police combed the Miramar Landfill. Jahi's stepfather was questioned after witnesses told police he was seen carrying a large bag to a Dumpster.

Jahi's stepfather had called 911 a few days later to say the boy had disappeared.  It was suspected Jahi was killed and his body thrown in a Dumpster, which was emptied and taken to the Miramar Landfill.

"The most extensive landfill search, I believe, in San Diego history was launched at Miramar," said Garcia.

"I remember the odor. I remember wearing the white uniform in a line with other officers," said Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano, who was in charge of San Diego at the time and helped search Miramar.

However, Garcia said investigators got the wrong Dumpster and a different driver told them they got the wrong landfill.

"He has said that load had come here to Otay [Landfill] as opposed to Miramar," said Garcia.

Garcia was hired by Jahi's family to look for the boy shortly after he disappeared. He said chances are good the boy's body is in the Otay Landfill. Unfortunately, it would be covered under 11 years of garbage.

Bejarano said San Diego investigators worked closely with the FBI and San Diego County sheriff's investigators on the case.

"So I'm very confident that we reviewed every lead and looked under every rock," Bejarano said.

However, Garcia said the Otay Landfill was never searched, even though landfill engineers can pinpoint where and at what depth the garbage from that neighborhood could be found.

Garcia said it might cost millions to dig up that same part of the landfill, but he's hoping San Diego is willing to try.

"Take another look to see if it would be something that would be feasible for them to do," Garcia said.

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