Cheryl Coker case: Husband speaks for the first time about wife’s disappearance

Cheryl Coker disappearance

RIVERSIDE — UPDATE @ 5:58 p.m.:

For the first time, the husband of a missing Riverside woman is publicly speaking about her disappearance.

No one has seen or heard from Cheryl Coker since she dropped off her daughter at Stebbins High School a month ago.

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After weeks of attempting to contact to Cheryl’s husband William with no luck, News Center 7’s James Brown caught up with him at work.

William said that he loves his wife “very much” and that he didn’t have anything to do with his wife’s disappearance.

“I wish I knew [what happened],” he said. “I have theories but I don't want to get into those because it would hurt my daughter.”

Riverside police have not named a suspect and are currently treating the investigation as a missing person case.

When asked if William thought Cheryl was still alive, he said, “I sure hope so. I loved her.”

He then mentioned his daughter again when he said, “We love her and miss her very much and just hope she comes home.”


New court documents obtained Thursday unveil the places and items police have searched during their investigation into the disappearance of Cheryl Coker.

Coker, 46, was last seen Oct. 2 dropping off her daughter at school, according to Riverside police. Her SUV was found Oct. 3 in a parking lot, locked, with her driver’s license, purse, credit cards and cell phone inside.

Court records show police have searched the following places as part of their investigation:

  • Two search warrants for a Toyota Tacoma
  • Two search warrants for a Toyota Highlander
  • A search warrant of husband William Coker's cell phone
  • Court orders to search the bank records of both Cheryl and William Coker
  • Court order to search records held by William Coker's place of employment
  • Two court orders for cell phone records for two separate phone numbers
  • A search warrant of the Coker residence on Christy Avenue in Riverside

The Dayton Daily News and News Center 7 are searching through these court records and will update this story as information is available.

No one has been charged in the case.

Today, News Center 7’s James Brown talked to William Coker one-on-one.

When we asked, do you think your wife is still alive, William Coker told Brown, “I sure hope so...we love her and miss her very much and just hope she comes home.”

News Center 7’s John Bedell will have what William Coker told us when we asked if he had anything to do with Cheryl’s disappearance beginning at 5 p.m.