Skeletal remains identified as those of missing Ohio woman

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — Skeletal remains found over the weekend have been identified as an Ohio woman missing for 1 1/2 years, authorities said.

The Greene County sheriff’s office said Monday the remains had been identified as Cheryl Coker, 46, a Riverside woman missing since October 2018. Her 48th birthday would have been Friday.

Officials said a man reported finding the remains in Caesarcreek Township while he was hunting mushrooms. Sheriff Gene Fischer said it was a wooded area on private property that he called “not a common area for a person to go.”

Investigators said dental and surgical records were used to identify the remains, which apparently hadn’t been buried. Clothing found near the remains was turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The county coroner said toxicology and other tests were planned as part of the effort to determine a cause of death.

Riverside police called Coker’s disappearance suspicious and opened a homicide investigation. No charges have been filed in the case.