APOPKA, FL – Authorities have located the remains of Shakeira Rucker, a 37-year-old Florida mother who was reported missing earlier this month. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Rucker’s body was discovered in a storage unit on Wiggins Road in Apopka on Saturday. The gruesome discovery was made after complaints were lodged about a strange odor emanating from the facility.
Preliminary examination of the body suggested that Rucker was killed by gunshot wounds. The Sheriff’s Office subsequently named Cory Hill, Rucker’s estranged husband, as the prime suspect in her murder. Significantly, records indicate that the storage unit where Rucker was found is registered under Hill’s name.
Unrelated to the disappearance and presumed murder of Rucker, Hill is already confined in the Orange County Jail facing four counts of attempted murder charges. The charges stem from an incident where Hill reportedly opened fire on his ex-girlfriend and her family members. This alleged act of violence occurred a day after Rucker was declared missing.
Rucker, a mother of four, was last seen leaving her Winter Springs residence on November 11 and was later spotted at a restaurant in Polk County with Hill. Elaine Rucker, Shakeira’s mother, recounted to Fox 35 that her daughter had sent a text message notifying her that she would be home soon and had brought food for them. However, Shakeira never made it home, raising concerns about her well-being.
Although Hill was initially identified as a person of interest in Rucker’s disappearance, he refused to cooperate with the deputies and investigators, inevitably widening his involvement in the case. Sheriff John Mina stated that Hill would ultimately be charged with Rucker’s murder upon completion of the investigative process.