A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a former fashion model. Tracy Ray Rollins Jr. was charged Wednesday with homicide and abuse of corpse in the death of Rebecca Landrith, whose body was discovered along Interstate 80 in western Union County, Pennsylvania, over the weekend, PennLive reported.
Landrith sustained multiple gunshots to her face, neck, and chest. Eighteen bullets were removed from her body.
Landrith had appeared in New York magazine and was featured in dozens of advertisements, video commercials, and magazines, according to an iStudio page for her. She was also a finalist for "Miss Manhattan" in 2014.
Investigators discovered a note in Landrith's jacket which contained Rollins' name, phone number, and email address. Through this they were able to track him to Milldale, Connecticut, where he was taken into custody. In an affidavit, police said they observed bleach or a cleaning solution covering a large portion of the passenger seat and floor in his car, PennLive noted.
Rollins, a truck driver from Dallas, told investigators he did not know Landrith but had been traveling with a woman named Leslie, whom he met at a truck shop in Connecticut. They later established that Landrith had made hotel reservations in December under the name Leslie Myers. Rollins said they had traveled together to Maine, Brooklyn, New York, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.
No motive for the killing has been revealed.
Speaking of the murder, Landrith's brother, George, said he was relieved that Rollins had been arrested but added that it did not ease her family's grief.
"Her family loved her dearly," he said. "None of this brings her back. It is important she receives justice."
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