New Information in the Murder of Arnita Cheatham

Sylvester Mathew Cheatham

Amherst Co., VA - Investigators spent all weekend combing through clues and evidence to try and piece together what may have happened to Arnita Michelle Cheatham, 41.

Amherst County deputies found Cheatham dead at the Executive Inn.

Investigators call her husband, Sylvester Matthew Cheatham, 49, a person of interest.

Public court records show this isn't Sylvester Cheatham's first run-in with the law. In 1991, he was sentenced to 25 years for Malicious Wounding and Statutory Burglary.

In fact, Sylvester Cheatham was just released from jail the week before Arnita Cheatham turned up dead.

ABC 13 also obtained a copy of a search warrant served at the Executive Inn Motel.

The warrant lists 42 items that were taken from the scene. It also documents there being red stains outside of room 117.

Cheatham's body was found inside room 121.

The warrant also says there was a large quantity of red stains found on the bed.

Investigators say Arnita Cheatham had a traumatic wound to her forehead.

Hair fibers, several different cups, and other personal effects were all taken from the room.

Investigators say Arnita Cheatham's car is also missing. They are looking for a 2006 silver Hyundai four-door sedan.

If you have any information on Sylvester Cheatham's whereabouts. call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.