An Ohio man going through a “messy” divorce with a missing mom has been named a suspect into her disappearance four months after she vanished.
WHIO 7 reports that authorities named William “Bill” Coker as the sole suspect in the disappearance of 46-year-old Cheryl Coker, of Riverside. Police said the beloved mom of two daughters is likely deceased.
According to investigators, a “suspicious male” was spotted on surveillance camera October 2, at Spinning Hills Middle School at around 11:10 a.m., hours after Coker dropped her daughter off at the school. The school is around half a mile away from Cheryl’s Riverside residence, off of Christy Drive.
Detective Travis Abney of the Riverside Police Department previously said Coker dropped her daughter off at around 7:30 a.m., but never made it to work at KLD Associates. The man was spotted in four different cameras at the school, one of which showed him walking toward Cheryl’s residence.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Cheryl’s car was reportedly seen in her driveway in the morning, after returning home on October 2, along with her husband’s car, who she had recently filed for divorce from. According to family members, Bill Coker still lived in the home.
From 7:40 a.m. until around 7:45 a.m. on October 2, Cheryl made several Facebook posts. Around three hours later, her cellphone pinged near a local Kroger grocery store off of Spinning Road.
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The following evening, Coker’s 2016 Toyota Highlander was found at a strip mall parking lot by Kroger, around half a mile from her home. Her driver’s license, phone, and purse were located inside the locked vehicle. Security footage showed the vehicle pulling into the parking lot at around 10:45 a.m.
Someone dressed in all black with a hood pulled over their head, exited the vehicle and walked through the parking lot, going northbound toward toward Burkhardt Road. Around 20 minutes later, someone called 911 and reported a “suspicious male” walking close to Coker’s residence.
The caller said he circled the neighborhood because the man was acting strange. The man then started walking toward the middle school, with his hands covering his face, according to the caller.
Another caller dialed 911 shortly after the first caller, and said a man dressed for cold weather during warm temperatures was spotted walking toward the middle school. The second caller gave the exact description as the first caller. Shortly after, the man was spotted by the middle school’s security cameras.
At around 8:08 p.m. on October 2, Bill Coker was seen on Kroger surveillance footage in the store. He was wearing all-dark clothing and had a visible injury to his elbow. After making a purchase, he left the store.
Dayton’s 2 News reports that Bill Coker has “been reluctant” to take a polygraph test.
Cheryl’s mother, Mary Carroll, said she would never leave voluntarily, especially without contacting her 15-year-old daughter.
Family members said Cheryl filed for divorce from Bill on September 21, and sought custody of the 15-year-old, along with spousal support. Cheryl’s sister, Margie Keenan, told police it was a “messy” divorce.
Authorities stressed that Cheryl has not yet been found. Bill Coker hasn’t been arrested; detectives said the case is still open and active. They’re asking anyone in the community who has information to contact them immediately.
Cheryl Coker is described as white female standing five-feet-three inches tall and weighing around 135 pounds. She has green eyes and strawberry blonde hair. Anyone with any information on Cheryl’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Travis Abney with the Riverside Police Department at 937-681 2301.
[Feature Photo: Cheryl Coker/Handout]