Police: Husband is ‘only suspect’ in Coker homicide investigation

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RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) — Riverside Police spoke with media Tuesday saying the disappearance of Cheryl Coker is now a homicide investigation.

46-year-old Cheryl Coker has been missing since October 2, 2018, when she disappeared shortly after dropping one of her children at school.

Investigators said Tuesday William Coker, Cheryl’s husband, is the only suspect in the investigation at this time.

Investigators also said Tuesday newly discovered evidence led them to the conclusion that this is a homicide investigation but would not specify what that evidence is.

Police released surveillance video from the Kroger store on Spinning Road as well as video captured by exterior cameras at Spinning Middle School. 

According to investigators, the cameras show a man dressed in black walking from the Kroger parking lot to the back of the Coker home. A 911 caller described this man as being suspicious at the time.

A second witness also saw the man in black and gave police the same description.  Police are not saying if this man was William Coker.

Investigators said William Coker has “been reluctant” to take a polygraph test and has only contacted detectives one time in four months to ask for an update on the investigation.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues. Police still do not know where Cheryl Coker is located and are hoping for a break in the case.

Police released the video and 911 call Tuesday in the hopes that someone who may have seen something they have not reported to investigators will come forward.

Family and friends have conducted their own searches and investigators expressed their gratitude for that help Tuesday.

To see how a group from Virginia is helping in the search, click here.

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