A former reality star who featured in ‘Miss Manhattan’ has been found dead at the side of a road having been shot eighteen times, believed to be by a truck driver.
Pennsylvania state police said Landrith’s body was discovered by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worker along an off ramp of Interstate 80 eastbound.
Evidence suggests she was traveling across the US, and her death has been ruled as homicide after eighteen bullets were removed from her body during an autopsy, the arrest affidavit states.
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 her pocket bearing the name of the man who has become the chief suspect in the shooting. He was arrested on Wednesday and charged with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse.
Rebecca Landrith, 47, from Virginia was found dead at the side of the road near West Buffalo Township, Union County in western Pennsylvania on Sunday
Suspect Tracy Rollins, 28, whose name was found on a note in Landrith’s pocket, has been charged with criminal homicide and abuse of corpse
Pictured: A map showing Landrith’s movements since December
Police said the former model was found wearing blue maternity jeans, a purple shirt and a black leather jacket but no socks or shoes,
A truck driver from Dallas, Texas, was later arrested in Milldale, Connecticut by members of the Connecticut State Police and Pennsylvania State Police.
Suspect Tracy Rollins, 28, whose name was found on a note in Landrith’s pocket, has been charged with criminal homicide and abuse of corpse.
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.
A criminal complaint obtained by
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,
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
Landrith was reportedly found near mile marker 199 on the eastbound I-80 (pictured)
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
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. She was one of five siblings.
A bio on Landrith’s iStudio page states: ‘I adore fashion and the industry and am a warm weather person with a warm heart. Pictured: A collection of her modelling pictures
Pictured: A news report from Fox56 shows the road near where the model’s body was found
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 PennDOT (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.
She was reportedly found near mile marker 199 on the eastbound I-80.
Investigation into the killing are currently ongoing.
Rollins was set to be arraigned on Thursday in New Britain Superior Court, with bail set for $1 million. He is currently being held Hartford Correctional Center in Conneticut.