Officials ID Woman in Madison Heights Homicide, Looking for Husband

Photo of Hyundai similar to vehicle missing

Madison Heights, VA- Officials from the Amherst County Sheriff's Office are investigating the homicide of a woman who was found dead in a Madison Heights motel on Friday.

Officials say the body of Arnita Michelle Cheatham, 41, of Appomattox, was found at the Executive Inn on South Amherst Highway after motel employees went to check on a guest who hadn't checked out yet.

The sheriff's office says Cheatham died from blunt forces to the head. They say she was reported missing on July 31 from the Town of Appomattox, and her 2006 silver Hyundai 4-door Sonata is also missing. Investigators say the car has black rims.

Investigators are trying to locate Ms. Cheatham's husband, Sylvester Mathew Cheatham. Deputies say he is 49 years old, 5'7" tall and weighs 188 pounds. He has brown eyes and black/white hair.

Anyone that has any information on the death of Ms Cheatham, the location of Mr. Cheatham or the missing vehicle is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information regarding this crime. All information is totally confidential.

If you have any information on his whereabouts or Ms. Cheatham's death, call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-888-798-5900.