Missing mother of four found dead in storage locker; estranged husband in custody

A woman who was declared missing last week was found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in a storage locker in Orange County over the weekend, less than a week after her estranged husband fired gunshots at her family members.

During a press conference on Sunday, November 19, Orange County Sheriff John Mina and Winter Springs Police Chief Matthew Tracht provided an update on the homicide of Shakeira Yvonne Rucker, whose body was found on Saturday, November 18.

According to police, Rucker was last seen at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, leaving her residence within the city of Winter Springs. At the time, family members believed that Rucker left with her estranged husband, Cory Hill, to an unknown location.

Cory Hill
Cory Hill

On November 12, Hill allegedly fired gunshots at members of Tucker’s family, according to Mina. No other details were provided regarding this incident.

According to court records, Hill was arrested on Monday, November 13. At 6 p.m. that evening, Winter Springs Police Department reported that Tucker was missing.

For several days, police agencies across Polk, Lake, Seminole, and Orange counties searched for Rucker.

On Saturday, November 18, at around 5 p.m., Mina says OCSO received a call from a storage facility located at 2400 Wiggins Road in Apopka about a “smell emanating” from one of the storage units.

Deputies responded to Your Storage Units Apopka a short time thereafter and made entry into a storage unit where they found a woman deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

That woman was positively identified as Tucker.

Hill, who was previously identified and confirmed as the “prime suspect” in the case, is currently in Orange County Jail on four attempted counts of homicide for the shooting on November 12. According to Mina, he will be charged with murder as well.

“He is the suspect, we’re not looking for anyone else. He will be charged with murder eventually in this case,” said Mina. “We want to extend our deepest condolences to Shakeira’s family. My heart breaks. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering that they have been enduring.”

On Sunday, Rucker’s sister created a GoFundMe to provide financial support to her four children, who range in age from 7 to 18-years-old.

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