Bones found in Greene County identified as Cheryl Coker

Bones found in Greene County over the weekend today were identified as those of Cheryl Coker, a Riverside woman missing for more than a year, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer announced during a press conference.

She’s been missing since October 2018.

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Her birthday was this past Friday. She would’ve been 48 years old.

“We have never given up on this case,” said Riverside Police Chief Frank Robinson. “She’s never been forgotten by the community.”

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The area where her body found was a wooded area, Fischer said. It’s private property and “not a common area for a person to go to.”

Clothing found with her remains have been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

There is no evidence that her body had been buried, investigators said.

“There’s a lot of work still to be done,” Fischer noted, adding that cadaver dogs had been at the scene today.

Riverside police initially began the investigation into Coker’s disappearance as a missing person case.

Coker was last seen the morning of Oct. 2, 2018, dropping off her daughter at Stebbins High School in Riverside.

But in February of 2019 said they were treating it as a homicide investigation.

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Riverside police at that time also named her estranged husband, William “Bill” Coker, as a suspect. He has not been charged with any crime and has denied involvement in her disappearance.

Police today said Cheryl Coker’s death remains under investigation.


A person who found bones off the road in Greene County told a 911 dispatcher that it appeared the bones had clothing on at some point.

The call obtained by the Dayton Daily News was placed Saturday evening at around 6:30 p.m. In it, a caller says that he found the remains on Waynesville Jamestown Road in Caesarcreek Twp.

“I found some bones along the side of the road, and it was actually wearing clothes, I think,” the man says.

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The man said that the remains appeared to be wearing pants and a sweatshirt.

“The bones are just bones, but there is clothing with them,” he says. “I just touched the bottom part with a stick to see if they were actually wearing and it appears they’ve either stuck to or whatever the bones are was wearing the pants.”

According to a call for service log, the Greene County Coroner’s Office arrived on scene at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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