Daughter of missing Riverside woman remains hopeful as search continues

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Family members of a missing Riverside woman are continuing their search for answers more than a week after her disappearance.

According to police, 46-year-old Cheryl Coker was last seen October 2 while dropping her daughter off at school and hasn’t been heard from since.

Coker’s daughter Marisa located her mother’s car and belongings the day after she was last seen. Marisa Coker said she used the ‘Find My iPhone’ app to locate her mother’s cell phone, and that’s when she found the car in a parking lot near Clancy’s Tavern on Burkhardt Road.

Cheryl Coker’s cell phone, driver’s license and purse were found locked inside the car, according to police.

Marisa Coker said she feels that discovery alone is disturbing since her mother didn’t frequent any of the businesses on the side of the strip mall where her car was found.

“She’s always been there for me and my sister,” Marisa Coker said. “It’s just hard not having her.”

After a week with few answers, Marisa Coker said it’s hard to think about the possibilities of what could have happened to her mother. She last saw her mom the night before she went missing, she said.

“I was over there for about three hours,” Marisa said. “We were having a good time, listening to music and everything.”

Surveillance video shows her mother’s car driving around a shopping center on Burkhardt Road the day she was last seen before parking near Clancy’s Tavern. Motion-activated cameras turn off before anyone gets out of the vehicle.

According to public records, Cheryl Coker had filed for divorce 11 days earlier. But her daughter said despite that, she believes the 46-year-old crash technician wouldn’t just run off or cut off contact with her family.

“She wouldn’t just ditch work, too,” Marisa Coker said. “She loved work, and she loved being with family and friends and stuff like that. So with none of us hearing anything, it’s very concerning.”

Coker’s family is grateful for the community’s support during the search, Marisa said.

She said she’s hopeful the search ends with a positive outcome.

“It’s very hard especially after being a week, not knowing anything, not hearing anything,” Marisa Coker said. “It’s very hard to keep those good spirits and stuff even though you try so hard to do that.”

Ohio BCI officials have searched Coker’s home, but according to police, that is standard operating procedure and was not conducted due to any suspicion of foul play there.

There are no suspects so far in the case, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Riverside Police Department at 937-233-1801 ext. 828 or at 937-681-2301.

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