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Florida Woman Found Dead In Estranged Husband’s Storage Unit

According to investigators, the last person whom Rucker was seen with was Hill on Nov. 11, the day she went missing.

The dead body of a 37-year-old Florida woman was discovered in a storage unit owned by her estranged husband.

According to WESH 2, Shakeria Rucker, a mother of four, was discovered after someone reported an odor was coming from one of the storage units at an Apopka, Florida, Self-Storage. “My heart breaks, I can’t imagine the pain and suffering [her family] have been enduring this past week,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said. “We were all hoping for a different outcome.”

Mina said that she appeared to have died from a gunshot wound, but the autopsy still needed to be done. According to officials, Rucker’s estranged husband, Cory Hill, is the primary suspect and is not cooperating with the investigation.

The sheriff indicated that Hill will be charged with murder. Hill is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail for shooting at his ex-girlfriend and her family. 

“He could have stopped a lot of the pain and suffering of her family by talking to investigators in the very beginning…he had to have known we would eventually find her in there, it’s very disappointing,” Mina said.

Rucker had been missing for a week when her body was found, according to the Winter Springs Police Chief Matthew Tracht, who said the search effort was intense. Rucker’s family isn’t buying it. “Now it’s been six days, and they’re trying to push, push, push,” her brother, Clarence Thornton, told WESH. “They should’ve been pushing since day one.”

Rucker’s family said that it was unusual that they had not heard from her. According to investigators, the last person whom Rucker was seen with was Hill on Nov. 11, the day she went missing, at a Davenport area restaurant.  

According to court records, Hill had previously been convicted and served time for murder. In 1992, while he lived in Virginia, Hill sought revenge on a man who kidnapped his 23-month old daughter when he stole Hill’s car. According to Virginia’s records, Hill shot Dontowine Everett after a brief argument and he was later convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years. Hill was released in 2005. 

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