Model found dead on side of highway, riddled with bullets

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A man has been arrested after a former model was found dead on the side of the road, riddled with bullets.

Early on Sunday morning, a worker with the Department of Transport in the US state of Pennsylvania found the body of 47-year-old Rebecca Landrith on the side of a highway.

The woman had been shot 20 times in the head, neck, throat, chest and hands, Fox 61 reported, though authorities said they believed Ms Landrith was likely shot elsewhere before her body was discovered.

Ms Landrith, a finalist in the 2014 Miss Manhattan contest, lived in Virginia but had recently travelled through parts of the Midwest, police said, and she had ties to several states, including South Dakota and Utah.

She had no ID on her at the time her body was found, but authorities were able to identify her through receipts she had on her.

The body of Rebecca Landrith, a former model, was found on the side of a highway with 20 bullet wounds. Source: Fox61/Instagram

A note in her pocket also carried a major clue - the name of her alleged killer.

On Wednesday (local time), 28-year-old Tracy Rollins Jr. from Texas was arrested by police at a truck stop in Connecticut.

Pennsylvania state police determined Rollins was driving a tractor-trailer, which Connecticut troopers found at the truck stop near the interchange of interstates 84 and 691.

Rollins was allegedly able to be linked to the same locations Ms Landrith had on her receipts, PhillyVoice reported.

Rollins was detained on $1 million bond on a charge of being a fugitive from justice and faces extradition to Pennsylvania.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at New Britain Superior Court. It was not clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations, The Associated Press reported.

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