APOPKA, Fla. (TCD) — A man stands accused of killing his estranged wife in a storage facility where her remains were discovered over the weekend.
In a social media post, Winter Springs Police said Shakeira Rucker was last seen on Nov. 11 at around 7:30 p.m., leaving her home in Winter Springs. Rucker’s family believed she left with her estranged husband, Cory Hill, and they were worried about her safety.
According to a press conference from Orange County Sheriff John Mina, on Saturday, Nov. 18, officials searched for Rucker in an area near the Bob White airfield in Mount Dora, Florida. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office later received a 911 call regarding a strong odor emitting from a storage facility at 2400 Wiggins Road. Deputies responded to the facility at around 5 p.m., made entry into one of the storage units, and found a woman believed to be Rucker deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.
Mina said they were “hoping for a different outcome.”
Multiple law enforcement agencies from four different counties in Florida worked on the case. Mina said the storage unit was registered under Hill’s name, and they identified him as the primary suspect in Rucker’s disappearance and death. Investigators believe Hill allegedly killed Rucker at the storage facility.
According to Mina, Hill was already in custody on suspicion of trying to kill his girlfriend. Mina said officials will charge him in connection with Rucker’s shooting death. He remains held in the Orange County Jail without bond.
Mina added, “Cory Hill could have stopped a lot of that pain and suffering by talking to investigators in the very beginning instead of putting them through this weeklong nightmare.”
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