The disappearance of Cheryl Coker was classified a homicide on Tuesday after the researchers found evidence of the 46-year-old was killed.
(Riverside Police Department)
An Ohio woman’s husband was the name of a suspect in her disappearance after authorities discovered evidence that reclassified the case as a murder.
William “Bill” Coker, was identified as a suspect in Cheryl Coker on Tuesday after Riverside police said there was enough evidence that indicated the 46-year-old woman disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Coker was reported missing on the night of Oct. 2 after her 15-year-old daughter said she had not heard from her mother and could not reach her via the phone, WHIO reported.
Margie Keenan, Coker’s sister, told the news station that she knew “something wasn’t right.”
“The pit of my stomach, something hurt, and I knew that something wasn’t right,” said Keenan.
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Coker woke up that morning, and dropped her daughter off at Stebbins High School before they return home. She spent a few minutes on Facebook, but her activities stop for 8 hours, Riverside Police Det. Travis Abney said.
“About 7:45 that morning, pretty much anything electronic with her just stopped,” the detective said.
An unidentified individual then drove Coker is 2016 Toyota Highlander to the Kroger parking lot at 10:52 pm Surveillance video, which police released Tuesday, shows a person wearing black clothing exit the vehicle, walk through the parking lot, on a high school property and the direction of the back of the mother in the backyard. A person also called 911 to report that the man suspected much on that day.
Coker the family of the vehicle the following day with the mother of his wallet and cell phone locked inside.
“They don’t go anywhere without that phone,” said Keenan.
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Coker’s mother, Mary Carroll, also told WHIO that Coker “never, never, never leave without a to rely on her 15-year-old daughter.”
The investigators believe Coker was kidnapped, but would not specify what evidence led them to the conclusion or why they believe that they are not in life. Coker has not located.
William Coker is “reluctant” to submit to a polygraph test and was also spotted on the surveillance video the day of his wife’s disappearance entered the Kroger where the car was parked, with an injury to his left elbow, police said.
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The couple was married for 19 years, but Cheryl Coker the divorce in September, and sought the custody of their daughter along with spousal support, WHIO reported.