A woman found slain in the parking lot of a Longwood restaurant called 911 before she was killed, and Seminole County sheriff's deputies said her estranged husband faces murder charges.
Kim Cannaday, spokeswoman with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, said Dwayne White will be charged in the death of Sarah Rucker, whose body was found Monday morning at Miami Subs Grill near State Road 434 and Markham Woods Road in Longwood.
White is being held at the Volusia County Jail on domestic battery charges, but he will also be charged with murder in Seminole County, she said.
Cannaday said detectives believe he killed Rucker, 42, and left her body at the restaurant.
Cannaday said forensic evidence left at the scene led investigators to him. She said preliminary autopsy results indicated the cause of Rucker's death to be from multiple sharp force injuries to the neck.
Gary Davidson, a spokesman with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, said just hours before that, she made a 911 call for help at her home in Deltona.
In the call, Rucker, a mother of four, said White, her estranged husband, showed up to her house unexpectedly, pushed her to the ground, tried to hit her with a beer bottle and then took her phone and drove away.
At one point during the 911 call, Rucker said, "How long have I been talking to you? I could be dead."
Deputies said Rucker's daughter witnessed the altercation and her son broke it up.
Cannaday said deputies didn't find White until 4:30 p.m. Monday at his girlfriend's house in Orlando.
Cannaday said he admitted he took Rucker's phone, but after that he said he went home and didn't see her again.
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