A missing Florida woman was found dead in her ex-husband’s storage unit, authorities said.
Shakeira Yvonne Rucker, 37, was found dead inside a storage unit at Self Storage on Wiggins Road in Apopka, Florida, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on a 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 everyone today,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina announced at a news conference Sunday, adding that the story has had many “twists and turns” over the past week. and has covered many jurisdictions.
Police had just finished searching for Rucker in an area near Bob White Airfield in Mt. Dora, Florida, on Saturday when they received a 911 call from someone at Self Storage reporting “an odor emanating from one of the units,” Mina said.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to the call and found Rucker dead in the unit from apparent gunshot wounds, Mina said. She noted that a full autopsy is underway.
Authorities said the storage unit belonged to her ex-husband, Cory Hill, the main suspect in Rucker’s murder, and who has not cooperated in the investigation.
The murder took place in the storage unit, Mina said. No reason was announced.
“He is the suspect. We are not looking for anyone else. He will eventually be charged with the murder in this case,” 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, charged with four counts of attempted murder for shooting his “girlfriend and family” on Nov. 12. According to Orange County jail records, he was booked on Nov. 13.
NBC affiliate WESH reported that Hill was shooting an ex-girlfriend and her family in that case. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for clarification Sunday night.
Rucker, who WESH said was a mother of four, was first reported missing after her family said she was last seen on Nov. 11, according to a report. Facebook post from the Winter Springs Police Department. Police said she was last seen leaving her home in Winter Springs that day, and her family believed she had been with Hill.
“It’s not the outcome we expected, but there is some closure for Shakeira’s family,” WSPD Chief Matthew Tracht said Sunday.
Tracht said the team worked 16 to 18 hours a day to find Rucker and worked in four counties, including Orange, Seminole, Polk and Lake counties. They also received help from the Mt. Dora Police Department, the Floria Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI, she said.