Ex-model and reality star, 47, who competed in ‘Miss Manhattan’ beauty pageant is found dead on the side of the road she had been shot EIGHTEEN times ‘by trucker’ she ‘met a truck stop’
She had traveled across US with for weeks Tracy Rollins
Rebecca Landrith, 47, from Virginia was found dead at the side of the road
Gunshot wounds were found to Landrith’s head, neck, throat, chest and hand
A Texas truck driver has been charged in relation to the incident – cell phone location data allegedly linked Tracy Rollins to the same businesses and times corresponding to Landrith’s receipts
Tracy Rollins, 28, whose name was found on a note in Landrith’s pocket, has been charged with criminal homicide and abuse of corpse
When Rollins was arrested Rollins on Wednesday in Connecticut, police found a bottle of bleach in his cab and signs that the interior of the vehicle had been disinfected
Landrith was a 2014 finalist for the Miss Manhattan contest in New York City
A former reality star who featured in ‘Miss Manhattan’ was found dead found dead Sunday along an Interstate 80 interchange ramp in western Union County, Pennsylvania , shot eighteen times by by a truck driver, police said.
Rebecca Landrith, 47, from Virginia was found dead at the side of the I-80 near West Buffalo Township, in western Pennsylvania on February 7.
Police said Landrith’s body was discovered by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worker along an off ramp of Interstate 80 eastbound.
The suspect, a 28-year-old trucker identified as Tracy Rollins, has been arrested and charged with her murder.
Rollins confirmed that they had been travelling across the country with Landrith since meeting at a truck stop in Connecticut in December.
Landrith accompanied Rollins on his deliveries to Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Maine.
He is accused of murdering Landrith by shooting her 18 times in the cab of his truck and then dumping her by the side of the road.
Gunshot wounds were found to Landrith’s head, neck, throat, chest and hand, according to a statement from Union County Coroner Dominick Adamo.
A note was found in Landrith’s pocket bearing Rollins name and he was arrested on Wednesday and charged with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse.
When police arrested Rollins on Wednesday in Connecticut they found a bottle of bleach in his cab and signs that the interior of the vehicle had been disinfected.
Police said the former model was found wearing blue maternity jeans, a purple shirt and a black leather jacket but no socks or shoes.
They believe that she was killed a few hours before she was found near the interchange ramp in Union County, around 120 miles north of Philadelphia.
Investigators believe that Landrith had recently traveled through Indiana and Wisconsin and she was identified using fingerprints found on receipts from those states that were found on her body.
Rollins denied knowing Landrith to police, but said that he had met a woman named ‘Leslie’, whose car had broken down in Connecticut.
He said he was travelling with this women, with the pair driving through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Police learned that in December, Landrith booked into a hotel in Milford, Connecticut under a false name – Leslie Myers – according to court documents.
In January, she met Rollins at a truck stop, and the pair travelled together until, it is believed, he murdered her on February 7. Her body was found at around 7am. Three days later Rollins was arrested at another truck stop in Milldale, Connecticut.
The criminal complaint obtained said that surveillance video and cell phone location data allegedly linked Rollins to the same businesses and times corresponding to Landrith’s receipts.
Police reprimanded the suspect after tracking down his truck.
According to the publication, police said the suspect denied being acquainted with Landrith but had traveled with a woman named Leslie through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Police allegedly found blood and shell casings in Rollins’ truck after searching it late on Wednesday night, The Mirror reported.
According to media reports, the suspect had tried to clean his truck with bleach and other solutions.
He was arrested in Connecticut, around 250 miles away from where Landrith’s body was found three days earlier.
Landrith, originally from Alexandria, Virginia, was a 2014 finalist for the Miss Manhattan contest in New York City, as well as America’s It Girl Miss Lady Liberty the same year. She also appeared on WE TV’s ‘America’s It Girl’.
Landrith’s brother, George Landrith, told PennLive that his younger sister, who was one of five siblings, never married and had been estranged from the family for about five years.
For that reason, he said he told the news station that he knows little about her life, but said that their parents are divorced, and that her father lives in Utah.
A bio on her iStudio page states: ‘I adore fashion and the industry and am a warm weather person with a warm heart. I have worked with some really great photographers and fantastic people in this industry.
‘I love clothes and have a great wardrobe to style myself and bring to shoots. I know high fashion labels and have fabulous shoes with all my outfits.’
The bio adds that she previously worked in the field of law, and that she had appeared in more than 50 fashion shows and modelled in hundreds of photographs since she started in 2009.
Former Pennsylvania Department of Transportation district engineer Kenneth C. Larson Jr told PennLive the interchange where Landrith was found was built to provide access to the I-80 for emergency and DennDOT vehicles.
Landrith was reportedly found near mile marker 199 on the eastbound I-80.
Investigation into the killing are currently ongoing.
Rollins was arraigned on Thursday in New Britain Superior Court, with bail set at $1 million. He is currently being held Hartford Correctional Center in Conneticut.