New court documents filed in Cheryl Coker case

RIVERSIDE — New court documents filed in Montgomery County courts in recent days involving the investigation into the disappearance of Cheryl Coker are part of “an ongoing gathering of documentation,”said Riverside police Maj. Matt Sturgeon.

Court officials said the documents that were filed Jan. 7 have been sealed, so are unable to be released.  Information on the type of documents filed also were not able to be released, a court official said.

“The documents filed are investigatory product and sealed, which cannot be commented on,” Riverside police Maj. Adam Colon said.

No one has been charged or named as a suspect in the disappearance of Coker, 46, who was last seen Oct. 2 dropping off her daughter at school. Her SUV was found Oct. 3 in a parking lot, locked, with her driver’s license, purse, credit cards and cellphone inside.

Colon said in late December there was a lengthy meeting about the case.

“Our detectives have been integrally involved in following up. There’s not a day that does by that our detectives don’t work on this,” Sturgeon said. “As this case has progressed we have brought our layers of investigation out further and further and further, because right now we don’t know where she’s at.”

In an exclusive interview with News Center 7’s James Brown in November, William Coker said he has theories about his wife’s disappearance, though he wouldn’t elaborate “because it would hurt my daughter.”

“I wish I knew,” Coker said, noting he and their daughter “love her and miss her very much and just hope she comes home.”

Cheryl Coker filed for divorce Sept. 21 from William Coker, her husband of 19 years.

Riverside police said they have been working with both Cheryl and William’s family members.

“In thoroughness, we absolutely made contact with family members on both sides to establish timelines and any inconsistencies with any other statements that anybody’s made in the case,” Sturgeon said.

Sturgeon said it’s critical for anyone with any information to contact Riverside police.

“We don’t always know that one little bit that’s going to come in that might help us really get a big lead on this case,” he said.

Riverside police have been working with local, state and federal agencies on Cheryl’s disappearance.

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