Missing Florida mother found dead in estranged husband’s storage room

A missing Florida woman was found dead in her estranged husband’s storage room, authorities said.

Shakeira Yvonne Rucker, 37, was found dead in a self storage unit on Wiggins Road in Apopka, Florida, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday Facebook post. The sheriff’s office is now investigating Rucker’s case as a homicide.

“This is not the update we wanted to give you all today,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina announced at a news conference Sunday, adding that the story had many “twists and turns” over the last week Many jurisdictions have been covered.

Shakeira Rucker
Shakeira Rucker.Orange County Sheriff’s Office

Police had just finished searching for Rucker in an area near Bob White Airfield in Mt. Dora, Fla., on Saturday when they received a 911 call from someone at self storage who reported that “a “The smell went out,” Mina said.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to the call and found Rucker dead in the unit from apparent gunshot wounds, Mina said. He noted that a full autopsy is underway.

Officials said the storage unit belongs to her estranged husband. Cory Hill, the prime suspect in Rucker’s murder, and that he has been uncooperative with the investigation.

The killing took place in the storage unit, Mina said. No motive has been revealed.

“He is the suspect. We’re not looking for anyone else. “In this case, he will be charged with murder at some point,” Mina said.

The public defender’s office representing Hill did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.

Mina said Hill is already in the Orange County Jail and is facing four counts of attempted murder for shooting at his “girlfriend and family” on Nov. 12. He was arrested Nov. 13, according to Orange County Jail records.

NBC affiliate WESH of Orlando reported that in that case, Hill shot at a former girlfriend and her family. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for clarification Sunday evening.

Rucker, who WESH reported was a mother of four, was first reported missing after her family said they last saw her on Nov. 11, according to a Facebook post from the Winter Springs Police Department. Police said she was last seen leaving her Winter Springs home that day, and her family believed she was with Hill.

“It’s not the outcome we expected, but there is a bit of a standstill for Shakeira’s family,” WSPD Police Chief Matthew Tracht said Sunday.

Tracht said the team worked 16 to 18 hours a day to find Rucker, operating in four counties, including Orange, Seminole, Polk and Lake counties. They also received assistance from the Mt. Dora Police Department, the Floria Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI, he said.

Brian Ashcraft

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