Cheryl Coker case: Riverside mom’s disappearance profiled by People magazine

It?€™s been exactly one year since family reported Riverside mother Cheryl Coker missing.

RIVERSIDE — More than one year since family reported the disappearance of 46-year-old Cheryl Coker, the searches and investigation continues.

For the last year, News Center 7 has followed every step of this case since Coker was last seen the morning of Oct. 2, 2018, dropping off her daughter at Stebbins High School in Riverside.

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Now, People magazine spoke to Coker's friends and family and police for a profile on the case published in an issue set to hit the newsstands Friday.

Riverside police in February 2019 called Coker’s disappearance a homicide, and said they did not believe she was alive even though no body was found.

Police also in February named her husband a suspect. Bill Coker told News Center 7 that he did not kill his wife: “No, I didn’t. I did not … I’ve never in my entire life hurt anyone,” he said at the time.

Cheryl Coker
Cheryl Coker

The Cokers were married for 19 years. She had recently filed for divorce when she went missing, but court records say they still lived together.

The Midwest Chapter of Texas EquuSearch, based in Ohio, has conducted multiple searches for evidence related to Cheryl Coker’s case.

Margie Keenan reported Cheryl Coker missing. She had gone looking for her younger sister when Cheryl Coker’s then-15-year old daughter called to tell her she hadn’t seen or heard from her mother and couldn’t reach her.

“The pit of my stomach, something hurt, and I knew something wasn’t right,” Keenan said in October 2019 around the one-year anniversary of her sister’s disappearance.