Trucker Accused of Shooting Former Model 18 Times in His Truck Then Dumping Her Body
Milldale, CT – A Texas trucker is behind bars after police arrested him in connection with the murder of a former model, whose body was discovered along an off ramp of Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania earlier this week.
Connecticut State Police (CSP) confirmed the murder suspect, 28-year-old Tracy Ray Rollins, Jr., of Dallas, TX, was arrested in Connecticut late Wednesday night.
The hunt for Rollins began on Sunday, February 7, when a snow plow driver with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) discovered the body of a female in Union County, PA, on the eastbound exit ramp to I-80 at mile marker 199, near the guardrail.
Authorities were not able to immediately identify the victim, as she did not have identification on her body when she was found.
However, receipts were present at the scene that revealed the victim had more than likely recently been in Indiana and Wisconsin.
The death was quickly upgraded to a homicide, and by Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) formally identified the victim as Rebecca Landrith, 47, of Alexandria, VA.
Officials were able to identify her by the fingerprints on the receipts.
The news of Landrith’s murder quickly garnered national media attention after her identity was released.
Both PSP officials and District Attorney D. Peter Johnson told media it was believed Landrith was killed “elsewhere” and her body was then dumped on the exit ramp a short time later.
Authorities declined to state if there were suspects in the case at that time.
However, on Wednesday night, that all changed.
According to Connecticut news outlet WFSB, Rollins was quickly identified as a suspect in Landrith’s murder.
Police were alerted to Rollins’s profession as an over-the-road (OTR) trucker and tracked him to a truck stop in Connecticut — about 270 miles from where Landrith’s body was found.
The 2018 Volvo semi-truck he was suspected to be driving was located Wednesday night parked at the TravelCenters of America, located at 1875 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Milldale, CT.
CSP arrived to the truck stop shortly before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, where Rollins was taken into custody without incident.
He is being held at the Hartford Correctional Center on a $1 million bond.
Rollins is charged with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse, according to a criminal docket.
Further, the docket lists both crimes as taking place on Saturday, February 6.
A motive for the murder was not released by officials.
However, investigators said evidence collected in the case indicates Rollins committed the heinous act inside his truck.
For instance, according to the arrest affidavit, flesh and brain-like matter was found on the bottom bunk mattress behind the passenger seat and beneath the exterior top stair gate.
Further, bullet holes were discovered in the rear wall behind the passenger seat and above the bottom bunk in the sleeper.
Investigators also indicated blood was present inside the vehicle as well as residue of a powdery cleaning agent.
In addition, court documents reveal six 9mm shell casings were recovered from the front floorboard and the floorboard behind the passenger seat.
Rollins is currently awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.
This is a developing story.
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