In a tragic turn of events, Shakeira Rucker, a missing Florida mother, was discovered dead over the weekend inside a storage unit registered to her estranged husband, who is now the primary suspect in her murder, according to authorities.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina revealed during a Sunday news conference that Rucker, first reported missing about a week earlier, had died from an apparent gunshot wound. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office had been assisting the Winter Springs Police Department in a multi-county search for Rucker after her disappearance on Nov. 11, during which security footage captured her with Cory Hill, her estranged husband and now the prime suspect.
Cory Hill was named a person of interest in the case on Tuesday, and by Sunday, he was in custody at the Orange County jail without bond. Hill faces four counts of attempted homicide for a separate incident on Nov. 12, where he allegedly shot at his girlfriend and family.
Sheriff Mina stated, “Shakeira’s estranged husband, Cory Hill, is the prime suspect in her disappearance and obviously now in this murder.” He assured reporters that the investigation would continue to collect evidence and build a case for charging Hill with Shakeira’s murder. “He will be charged with the murder, eventually, in this case,” Mina affirmed.
The discovery of Shakeira Rucker’s body came after authorities, including Orange County and Winter Springs officials, conducted a search near the Bob White airfield in Mount Dora. Following the search, a 911 call from a storage unit facility in Apopka reported a suspicious smell emanating from one of the units. Deputies found Rucker dead in the storage unit, prompting a notification to her family.
Rucker’s family, devastated by the news, held a vigil after the press conference on Sunday, seeking solace and justice. Clarence Thorton, Rucker’s younger brother, expressed shock at his sister’s situation, urging others going through similar experiences to seek help.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office shared updates on Facebook, stating, “We grieve with them & our detectives are committed to bringing them justice in this case.”