Authorities have discovered the lifeless body of Florida mother Shakeira Yvonne Rucker, 37, in a storage unit belonging to her estranged husband, Cory Hill. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office revealed the grim details on Facebook, stating that the investigation is now being treated as a homicide.
In an unfortunate turn of events, Sheriff John Mina conveyed the distressing news at a press conference, acknowledging the intricate nature of the case, which unfolded over the past week and spanned multiple jurisdictions.
The search for Rucker had recently concluded near Bob White Airfield in Mount Dora when a 911 call from Self Storage on Wiggins Road in Apopka alerted authorities to a suspicious odor emanating from one of the units. Deputies subsequently discovered Rucker’s lifeless body in the unit, bearing apparent gunshot wounds. A comprehensive autopsy is currently underway to provide more insight into the circumstances of her death.
The storage unit, linked to the prime suspect Cory Hill, who is also Rucker’s estranged husband, became the focal point of the investigation. However, Hill has not cooperated with authorities, further complicating the case.
Sheriff Mina emphasized Hill’s status as the primary suspect, stating, “He is the suspect. We are not looking for anyone else. He will be charged with the murder eventually in this case.” No motive for the crime has been disclosed.
Notably, Hill is already in Orange County Jail on unrelated charges. He faces four counts of attempted homicide, stemming from an incident on November 12 when he allegedly shot at his former girlfriend and her family. Hill was booked on November 13, according to Orange County jail records. The public defender’s office representing Hill has not provided immediate comment on the matter.
It was reported that Hill’s earlier shooting incident targeted a former girlfriend and her family, though the sheriff’s office has yet to clarify this aspect.
Shakeira Yvonne Rucker, a mother of four, was initially reported missing on November 11 by her family in Winter Springs. The family last saw her leaving her Winter Springs home, and it was believed she was with Hill at the time.
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Despite the tragic outcome, Winter Springs Police Chief Matthew Tracht expressed a measure of closure for Rucker’s family. He commended the collaborative efforts involved in the search, which saw law enforcement teams working tirelessly across four counties—Orange, Seminole, Polk, and Lake—with assistance from Mount Dora police, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the FBI.