The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for the car of a woman found murdered last week in a Madison Heights hotel room.

Arnita Cheatham was found dead August 2.

The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a silver 2006 Hyundai Sonata with black rims. The car has Virginia license plates WTT-9007. Click here to see a picture of Arnita Cheatham’s car.

Sylvester Cheatham, Arnita’s estranged husband, remains a person of interest in this case.

If you see the car, call the Amherst County Sheriff's Office at 1-888-798-5900.


Investigators have identified the woman whose body was found in a Madison Heights motel around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Arnita Cheatham, 41, of Appomattox died from blunt force injuries to the head, according to a news release.

Cheatham's body was found at the Executive Inn on 4673 South Amherst Highway. Employees went to check on her because she had not checked out and found her body inside the motel room.

Cheatham's 2006 silver Hyundai sedan is also missing.

Investigators are trying to locate her husband, Sylvester Cheatam.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.


A woman’s body was found in a Madison Heights hotel room, and the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office is calling her death suspicious.

Deputies were called to the Executive Inn around 11:30 a.m. Friday after a person who had checked into the room did not check out at the appropriate time. The owner went in and checked the room and found a woman’s body.

Investigators don’t know the woman’s age or identity. Amherst County Sheriff Jimmy Ayers says the woman appears to have wounds that would be consistent with a suspicious death. Ayers wouldn’t comment any more about the wounds, or if any weapons were found.

The Executive Inn is on South Amherst Highway (Route 29 Business) in Madison Heights. The back portion of the hotel still has crime scene tape around it. Hotel guests that were staying near the crime scene have been moved to another part of the hotel.

Ayers says the investigation is ongoing.


The Amherst County Sheriff's Office is working an active crime scene at a hotel in Madison Heights.

The crime scene is at the Executive Inn on South Amherst Highway (Route 29 Business)

Law enforcement responded to the hotel around noon. There is crime scene tape around one part of the hotel.

WDBJ7's Tim Saunders is at the scene. Check back soon for more updates.