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Person of Interest in Neal King's Disappearance

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Apr 18 2013 04:30:26 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 17 2013 07:50:27 PM CDT
Neal King photo

Neal King

OROVILLE, Calif. -

Investigators said they have a person of interest in the search for a missing man.  Neal King, 24 of Chico, was last seen March 26 in Oroville.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the person of interest is Donald Cheatham of Oroville.

Cheatham is held in the Butte County Jail.  He’s charged with felony counts of cultivating marijuana and possessing it for sale.

He's also being questioned in King’s disappearance.  Neal King went missing after he went to Cheatham's house in Oroville,

“The two men went on a ride, we believe, to Berry Creek,” said Ramsey.  “And that's where Mr. King disappeared.”

The man the two were supposed to meet, never showed up.

“That leads us to believe that Mr. Cheatham knows more than he is telling us at this point,” said Ramsey.

Cheatham's wife, Jennifer Cheatham was also arrested on the drug charges.   She is free after posting bail. 

KRCR News Channel 7 visited Amazon Garden Supply, a business the Cheathams own in North Oroville.  Mrs. Cheatham said she was advised by her attorney not to speak about the case.

The family of Neal King is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for his disappearance.  Donald Cheatham remains in Butte County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Neal King is 5'11", 130 lbs, with a very thin build.  He has blue-green eyes, and short, dark red hair.

He was last seen wearing a green long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and hiking shoes.

Anyone with information should call Det. Freeman at the Butte County Sheriff's Office at (530) 538-3828 or email rfreeman@buttecounty.net.

They also have a Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/MissingNealKing