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Body of Shakeira Rucker has been foundAfter several days of searching, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the body of 37-year-old Shakeira Rucker, a mother of four, has been found. Deputies said Rucker’s body was found in Apopka at a Self Storage located on Wiggins Road around 5 p.m. Saturday. Someone had reported an odor emanating from a storage unit.According to the sheriff’s office, Rucker’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Sheriff Mina will have an update Sunday morning at 10 a.m. WESH 2 will stream the address above. Friday marks six days missingFriday marked six days since Rucker has gone missing. Several agencies assisted Winter Springs police as they continued their search, including the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Lake County deputies.ATVs were seen searching in a wooded area Friday.Rucker’s family expressed frustration with the pace of the search. “Now it’s been six days, and they’re trying to push, push, push. They should’ve been pushing since day one,” Clarence Thornton, Rucker’s brother, said.Investigators said they’ve been diligently collecting information to identify the best places to search. “We’re looking for anything that will help in the case, to give us an idea what’s going on,” Winter Springs Police Capt. Doug Seely said.Last Shakeira was seenA search has been underway for Rucker since she went missing on Saturday, Nov. 11.The last time her family said they heard from her was when she told them she was heading home after going to pick up food.Rucker’s family said it’s unusual for her not to be in contact with them. Investigators said Rucker was last seen Saturday night, with her estranged husband, 51-year-old Cory Hill, at a Davenport area restaurant in Polk County. Estranged husband named person of interestEarlier this week, police released an image of Rucker and Hill at a restaurant and they identified Hill as a person of interest. “He is still the lead person of interest, because of them being together in the photograph,” Seely said.Related: Authorities ramp up search for missing Winter Springs mom of 4Hill is in custody at the Orange County Jail. He was accused of attempted murder and shooting at a former girlfriend, Angel Milligan, on Sunday around 10 a.m. Several bullets hit her home. No one was injured. “I heard gunfire. I felt two of them pass by my face, went running in fear for my life,” Milligan said.Milligan said Hill threatened her before shots were fired. “‘Don’t run now; I’m going to kill you,'” Milligan said.The shooting happened just hours after Rucker was last seen. Hill is being held in the Orange County Jail on four counts of attempted murder.Related: Estranged husband of missing Winter Springs woman was previously convicted for murder, court records showRucker’s family says they’re disappointed Hill hasn’t said anything about Rucker’s disappearance.”It’s very disappointing because you know my sister’s whereabouts, but you’re not talking, you’re not telling us anything,” Thornton said.”I’m just upset and disappointed, you know, because if she is alive, just tell us so we can get her in time,” Elaine Rucker, Shakeira’s mom, said.Forensics expert gives perspective on caseWESH 2 spoke with a forensics studies professor on Friday.Dr. David Thomas, a former police officer and a forensics studies professor at the Florida Gulf Coast University, shared what’s involved in cases such as Rucker’s. “It is more about trying to eliminate things through a series of processes. So, from what I read, the forensics unit has already gone or is at apartment,” Thomas said. “And so they’ll tear that apart, just trying to recover any information that they can.”Thomas also says technology plays a major role in the investigation. “It can literally track where a person goes and where they’ve been, and we’re used to the cell towers pinging. Google is a great resource also,” Thomas said. “If a vehicle has GPS, that’s another great resource because it collects data from everywhere that it’s been.” Top headlines: Florida experts give advice as ‘Mystery Dog Illness’ spreads across U.S. Man, woman dead in Daytona Beach murder-suicide, police say Polk County firefighter killed in crash on I-4

Body of Shakeira Rucker has been found

After several days of searching, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the body of 37-year-old Shakeira Rucker, a mother of four, has been found.

Deputies said Rucker’s body was found in Apopka at a Self Storage located on Wiggins Road around 5 p.m. Saturday. Someone had reported an odor emanating from a storage unit.

According to the sheriff’s office, Rucker’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

Sheriff Mina will have an update Sunday morning at 10 a.m. WESH 2 will stream the address above.

Friday marks six days missing

Friday marked six days since Rucker has gone missing.

Several agencies assisted Winter Springs police as they continued their search, including the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Lake County deputies.

ATVs were seen searching in a wooded area Friday.

Rucker’s family expressed frustration with the pace of the search.

“Now it’s been six days, and they’re trying to push, push, push. They should’ve been pushing since day one,” Clarence Thornton, Rucker’s brother, said.

Investigators said they’ve been diligently collecting information to identify the best places to search.

“We’re looking for anything that will help in the case, to give us an idea what’s going on,” Winter Springs Police Capt. Doug Seely said.

Last Shakeira was seen

A search has been underway for Rucker since she went missing on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The last time her family said they heard from her was when she told them she was heading home after going to pick up food.

Rucker’s family said it’s unusual for her not to be in contact with them.

Investigators said Rucker was last seen Saturday night, with her estranged husband, 51-year-old Cory Hill, at a Davenport area restaurant in Polk County.

Estranged husband named person of interest

Earlier this week, police released an image of Rucker and Hill at a restaurant and they identified Hill as a person of interest.

Winter Springs Police Department

Shakeira Rucker and Cory Hill

“He is still the lead person of interest, because of them being together in the photograph,” Seely said.

Related: Authorities ramp up search for missing Winter Springs mom of 4

Hill is in custody at the Orange County Jail. He was accused of attempted murder and shooting at a former girlfriend, Angel Milligan, on Sunday around 10 a.m. Several bullets hit her home. No one was injured.

“I heard gunfire. I felt two of them pass by my face, went running in fear for my life,” Milligan said.

Milligan said Hill threatened her before shots were fired.

“‘Don’t run now; I’m going to kill you,'” Milligan said.

The shooting happened just hours after Rucker was last seen.

Hill is being held in the Orange County Jail on four counts of attempted murder.

Related: Estranged husband of missing Winter Springs woman was previously convicted for murder, court records show

Rucker’s family says they’re disappointed Hill hasn’t said anything about Rucker’s disappearance.

“It’s very disappointing because you know my sister’s whereabouts, but you’re not talking, you’re not telling us anything,” Thornton said.

“I’m just upset and disappointed, you know, because if she is alive, just tell us so we can get her in time,” Elaine Rucker, Shakeira’s mom, said.

Forensics expert gives perspective on case

WESH 2 spoke with a forensics studies professor on Friday.

Dr. David Thomas, a former police officer and a forensics studies professor at the Florida Gulf Coast University, shared what’s involved in cases such as Rucker’s.

“It is more about trying to eliminate things through a series of processes. So, from what I read, the forensics unit has already gone or is at [Rucker’s] apartment,” Thomas said. “And so they’ll tear that apart, just trying to recover any information that they can.”

Thomas also says technology plays a major role in the investigation.

“It can literally track where a person goes and where they’ve been, and we’re used to the cell towers pinging. Google is a great resource also,” Thomas said. “If a vehicle has GPS, that’s another great resource because it collects data from everywhere that it’s been.”

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