A Florida man has been arrested in connection with the killing of his estranged wife after officials discovered her body in his storage unit over the weekend.
Corey Hill, 51, is currently being held at the Orange County Sheriff's Office on multiple charges, including four counts of attempted murder, jail records show. He is being held without bond.
He previously shot his girlfriend and family in an incident that occurred on November 12. She was booked on November 13, just two days after Shakeira Rucker, 37, disappeared.
Officers first began searching for Ms Rucker on November 11. The investigation has expanded to Seminole County, Lake County, Polk County and Orange County, officials said during a news conference Sunday.
According to police information, the woman left the Orange County area and went down to Polk County with Mr Hill before she disappeared.
On Saturday, authorities searched for the woman at Bob White Airport in Mount Dora until 3 p.m.
Just before 5 p.m., authorities received a 911 call from a Self Storage facility at 2400 Wiggins Road in Apopka about “an odor coming from one of the storage units.”
Officials later arrived at the scene and found Ms. Rooker dead with apparent gunshot wounds inside a unit owned by Mr. Hill.
The man is the prime suspect in the investigation, Sheriff John W Mina said during the news conference. The independent The public defender's office was referred for comment.
“He will be charged with murder eventually in this case,” Sheriff Mina said of Mr. Hill. “We just want to express our deepest condolences to Shakeira's family.
“I can't imagine the pain and suffering they have endured over the past week.”
Officials did not provide a motive. Although the man is not currently in custody on charges related to the case, officials said they have plenty of time to continue collecting evidence as he is prosecuted for other crimes.
Sheriff Mina expressed his frustration at the woman's long manhunt.
“I want to talk about the pain and suffering that Shakeira's family went through. Corey Hill could have stopped a lot of this pain and suffering by talking to investigators in the beginning instead of putting them through this week-long nightmare,” the sheriff said.
“The storage unit was registered to him. She had to know we'd eventually find her in there.”
According to a GoFundMe page started to raise money for Ms. Rucker's children, she leaves behind four children, ages 7, 9, 16 and 18.