BCI searches home of Riverside woman one week after her disappearance

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RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – Investigators are continuing their search for answers, a week after a 46-year-old Riverside woman went missing.

Cheryl Coker was last seen exactly one week ago around 7:30 am Tuesday after she dropped one of her daughters off at school.

Coker is a mother of two and had filed for divorce 11 days before her disappearance.

Riverside Police and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) executed a search warrant at Coker’s residence Tuesday.

Detective Travis Abney said in a statement, the search warrant was not sparked by any “suspicious or foul play.”

“Cheryl Coker is believed to have been home after dropping her daughter off at school,” Abney said “No suspects have been identified yet in this case, and everyone has been cooperative. The residential search warrant was conducted this afternoon per standard procedure and not because of suspicion of foul play at the residence.”

Coker’s car was seen by surveillance video near a shopping complex off Spinning Road and Burkhardt Road on Tuesday.

All her possessions were still inside the car, including her cell phone and purse, but she was nowhere to be found.

Missing person signs are on utility poles where her car was discovered.

“I come here daily, sometimes twice a day. And I am shocked and I will make sure that I keep an eye on my surroundings,” Riverside resident Cynthia said.

“I was so shocked because this is such a small community, close knit. So, it’s probably somebody that she knew.”

Tuesday morning, family, friends, and community members held a prayer vigil at Stebbins High School, hoping for Cokerl’s return or any answers that could help lead to her safe return.

This, as police say they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. 

“Investigators have been working to follow-up on leads and tips over the course of the past several days,” Abney said. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Abney at 937-233-1801 extension 828, or at 937-681-2301. Tips can also be emailed to Detective Abney at tabney@riversideoh.gov.

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