WINTER SPRINGS, FL – Shakeira Rucker, a 37-year-old mother from Winter Springs, Florida, who had been missing for over a week, was tragically found dead in a storage unit, as confirmed by local deputies.
Rucker, a mother of four, was last seen alive on November 11. Her body was discovered this past Saturday, which has prompted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to transition her case from a missing person’s report to a homicide investigation.
The grim discovery was made at the Self Storage facility on 2400 Wiggins Road in Apopka, after a complaint about a foul odor was lodged around 5 p.m., according to local sources.
In a heartfelt social media post, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office announced that Rucker’s family had been informed of the tragic news, and pledged their commitment to bringing the perpetrator to justice.
The last known sighting of Rucker was with her estranged husband, Cory Hill, as they left their home together. Hill was swiftly labeled a person of interest in her disappearance. The pair were also seen on CCTV footage leaving a Polk County restaurant together on the night Rucker was reported missing.
Hill is currently behind bars in the Orange County jail on unrelated charges of attempted murder. Despite being a person of interest, Hill has refused to cooperate with the police in their investigation into Rucker’s disappearance and has not been officially named a suspect or charged in relation to her death.
In an attempt to gather information about Rucker’s disappearance, Crimeline had previously offered a $5,000 reward. Orange County Sheriff John Mina is expected to discuss the case further in a press conference scheduled for Sunday.