Surveillance video shows missing Riverside woman’s car hours before she was last seen

The Riverside Police Department continues to investigate the disappearance of Cheryl Coker, last seen the morning of Oct. 2.

  • A search warrant was executed Tuesday at the Coker residence on Christy Avenue
  • Cheryl Coker, 46, was last seen Oct. 2 dropping off her daughter at school
  • Her SUV was found Oct. 3, in a parking lot. The vehicle was locked
  • Husband William Coker is not considered a suspect
  • The Riverside Police Department is appealing to the public to help


UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (Oct. 10):

Surveillance video from a business that showed Coker’s vehicle in a Riverside shopping center the day she was last seen has been released to this news organization.

In the video you see Coker’s vehicle drive down Spinning Road and turn into the parking lot.  The footage is from about three hours after Coker’s family said the 46-year-old was last seen and 36 hours before police located her vehicle.

Because the camera was set to motion record, the footage ends right before whoever was driving gets out, according to the business’ owner.

UPDATE @ 8:30 p.m. (Oct. 9): Riverside police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Tuesday executed a search warrant at the home owned by Cheryl Coker, 46, reported missing in a case police are calling "suspicious."

Riverside police, in a statement, said investigators responded to the home on Christy Avenue sometime Tuesday as part of their ongoing investigation into her disappearance.

Coker was last seen about 7:30 a.m. Oct. 2 after dropping off her daughter at a Riverside school.

The woman is believed to have returned home afterward, according to a statement from the police department.

Police are considering Coker’s disappearance suspicious.

The search of the home was not because of suspicion of foul play at the residence, according to the department’s statement. The search was completed “per standard protocol because Cheryl Coker is believed to have been home after dropping her daughter off at school,” according to the department’s statement.

“No suspects have been identified yet in this case,” the department’s statement continued, “and everyone has been cooperative.”

According to court records, Coker filed for divorce from husband William Coker on Sept. 21.  It is not clear whether the filing has anything to do with her disappearance.

Cheryl Coker had missed at least three days of work, which her family said is out of character, according to the police department.

As far as anyone knows, Coker was last seen driving a 2016 Toyota Highlander. That vehicle was found Wednesday evening -- locked -- in a parking lot near Burkhardt and Spinning roads. Her driver’s license, purse, credit cards and cellphone were in it, according to the police department.

She reportedly has not spoken with anyone since she was last seen.


If you have information you believe would help police, the department is asking you to contact Detective Travis Abney at 937-233-1801, ext. 828, or 937-681-2301.

You also may send tips to him: tabney@riversideoh.gov

We will continue to update this story with any developments.

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