Landfill search for remains of Phoenix woman cost $1.47M

Christine Mustafa, of Phoenix, has been missing since May 10, 2017. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

Christine Mustafa, of Phoenix, has been missing since May 10, 2017. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say an unsuccessful 12-week search of a Phoenix-area landfill for the remains of a missing woman believed to be a homicide victim cost nearly $1.5 million.

Phoenix police say the city will have to pay about $1.34 million of the $1.47 million tab.

Numbers released Thursday show nearly $1.2 million went to construction equipment for the search, more than $104,000 for equipment and supplies and about $181,000 for overtime.

About 280 officers from 12 city, state and federal law enforcement agencies examined 21,500 tons (19,504 metric tons) of landfill material in the search for 34-year-old Christine Mustafa.

The search ended Jan. 18 with no remains found.

Mustafa was reported missing in May.

Her 38-year-old ex-boyfriend, Robert John Interval, awaits trial after pleading not guilty in June to first-degree murder.