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Police, investigating the death as a homicide, are seeking the Appomattox woman's husband.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
A woman found dead in a Madison Heights motel room on Friday died from “blunt force injuries to the head,” the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday evening.
Authorities identified the victim as Arnita Michelle Cheatham, 41, of Appomattox, and lately of Norfolk. She was reported missing from Appomattox on Wednesday, according to the release . Her death is being investigated as a homicide, officials said Saturday.
Cheatham’s body was found Friday morning by the owner of the Executive Inn on U.S. 29 Business in Madison Heights.
Anil Patel, the motel’s owner, said a man had checked into the room where Cheatham was found and had stayed there “a couple of nights.”
After the man failed to check out by 11 a.m. Friday, Patel stopped by the room.
“The door was locked,” he said on Saturday. “No one was even answering.”
Patel said the motel has never had an incident like this.
Investigators arrived at the 26-room motel about 11:30 a.m. Friday and worked into the evening collecting evidence.
Amherst County Sheriff Jimmy Ayers said Friday that deputies had not discovered weapons or drugs at the scene.
Cheatham’s 2006 silver Hyundai sedan is missing, and investigators are working to locate Cheatham’s husband, 49-year-old Sylvester Cheatham, the news release said.
He is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and about 188 pounds, with brown eyes and black/white hair.
Anyone with information on Cheatham’s death or the location of her missing vehicle is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information regarding this crime. All information is confidential.
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