Skull Found In Ohio Belongs To Missing Mom Cheryl Coker, Police Say

She was last seen alive dropping her teen daughter off at school in October 2018.

April 29, 2020

Cheryl Coker with husband William “Bill” Coker [ID Facebook]

Cheryl Coker with husband William “Bill” Coker [ID Facebook]

By: Aaron Rasmussen

Law enforcement officials have announced that a skull and several bones discovered on a wooded patch of land in rural Ohio belong to a missing woman who disappeared almost 19 months ago.

On Apr. 27, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer said that over the weekend a mushroom hunter found Cheryl Coker’s remains 18 miles from her Riverside home, according to NBC News.

Shelly Applehans, a friend of Coker, told Dateline, “It’s the best news in this nightmare we’ve been living since October 2, 2018.”

On that fall morning, Coker was last seen alive when she dropped off her teenage daughter at school around 7:30 a.m.

Phone records show she then returned home at 7:35 a.m. Over three hours later, at 10:52 a.m., Coker’s phone pinged a cellphone tower when her SUV pulled into a Kroger parking lot about a mile from her home.

Surveillance footage allegedly shows a person who was dressed in all black and a hoodie get out of Coker’s car and walk through the shopping center parking lot. Other cameras recorded the individual near the Coker residence.

The next evening, Coker’s daughter used a cellphone app to locate her mom’s locked car in the parking lot. Police said Coker’s personal items, including a purse, phone, ID, money, and credit cards, were still inside the vehicle, according to People.

More than four months after 46-year-old Coker went missing, Riverside police officially classified the case a homicide and named her husband, William “Bill” Coker, as the “one and only suspect” in her death. He has not been arrested or charged with any crime.

“Mr. Coker has been cooperative at times, but his cooperation level has dropped,” Detective Travis Abney of the Riverside Police Department said in a press conference at the time, NBC News reported. “By his own admission, he was home during [the three-hour] time frame. A lot of things that he says do not make logical sense.”

Cheryl Coker had filed for divorce to end her 19-year marriage on Sept. 21, 2018 — 11 days before she went missing.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of her death. Toxicology and forensic test results are pending.

Next Up

Hunt Continues For Fugitive Who Murdered 18-Year-Old Na'Kia Crawford In Ohio

Investigators say Adarus Black has connections to Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and California. His arms are covered in tattoos. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call or text the IN PURSUIT hotline. John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

'In Pursuit with John Walsh' Fugitive Adarus Black Behind Bars In Georgia

Adarus Black was wanted for an alleged murder in Ohio from 2020. He was taken into custody on February 8, 2022 in Atlanta, GA.

‘I Was Sitting There Defending A Guilty Person’: Woman Receives Devastating Package From Incarcerated Partner

“I thought, I’ve got to fix this, I’ve got to make it right. They’ve got the wrong person.”

Texas Woman Wanted For Hiring A Hitman To Kill Husband

Margaret Lorrain Smith stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 185 pounds when she vanished. She has a mole on the right side of her hairline and a small mole under her right eye. She's currently on the Texas Department of Public Safety's Top 10 Most Wanted for capital murder. If you know where she's hiding out, please call our hotline. Host John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

US Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted On The Run After Allegedly Killing Attorney In Illinois

John Panaligan stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds when he vanished. Panaligan is a US Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted. He has close ties to Colorado, Illinois and Arizona. If you know where he's hiding out, please call our hotline. Host John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Darryl Walker On the Run After Allegedly Murdering Cancer Survivor and Setting Her House On Fire

If you have any information on Darryl Walker please contact our hotline directly. You can always remain anonymous and you can text information 24/7: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Ervis Mecollari Wanted For Allegedly Killing Elderly Woman, Stabbing Her 37 Times

Capt. Mike Ponzillo from the Waterbury Police told Callahan Walsh when he arrived, "One of the worst scenes of my career, Mrs. Orso was stabbed nearly 30 times... 37 times was the final number." Investigators said he has a history of drug use and may have had surgery on his nose due to excessive heroin use. If you know where Ervis Mecollari is hiding out, please call or text our hotline. Host John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Father Murdered Over A Mercedes Three Days Before Christmas

Nalio Williams has been on the run since 2011. He has used the name Mark Peter Crompton previously and stands 6 feet 1 inches tall. If you have any information, host John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous. Please call or text: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Search Is On For FL Man Wanted For Questioning In Mysterious Death Of Laura Howard

Investigators said Robert Khuen aka Simon Storm uses a number of aliases including Alex Defrey, Alex Frost, Alex Debel and Simon Storm. According to authorities Storm likes to give new women he meets a bath. If you know where Storm is hiding, or what name he’s using today, please text our active hotline 24/7: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE) or email