Virginia Beach approves covering $54K landfill search in Bellamy Gamboa murder case

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach City Council voted on how Virginia Beach Police will pay for evidence collected in a city landfill as part of a murder investigation.

Tuesday night they approved the appropriation of $54,424 from the Police Federal and State Seized Assets Special Revenue Fund for costs associated to the search.

VBPD requested the money be used to pay for evidence found in the Bethel Landfill connected with Bellamy Gamboa’s murder.

Police say the evidence collected in the July murder of Bellamy Gamboa helped solve the investigation. VBPD and city officials are trying to come up with a solution on how to pay for it, because of the financial cost that came with setting up search and recovery efforts of the evidence.

The VBPD said they would prefer the money came from the Police Federal and State Seized Assets Special Revenue Fund and not the department’s yearly budget.

Officials say the cost involved equipment mobilization, excavation work, landfill staff work and supplies needed when the search was performed.

The Virginia Beach mother of four disappeared in early July. Lamont Johnson, Gamboa’s ex-boyfriend, confessed to choking and killing her before putting her body in a bag and bringing it to Chesapeake.

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