Skylar Neese: Rachel Shoaf Taunted Her Parents for Months (Video)
By Staff Writer | June 29, 2013 02:06 PM EDT
Skylar Neese was murdered by her best friends, Rachel Shoaf and another unidentified girl who then taunted the murdered girl’s parents for six months and lied to the police, according to a story in People magazine, which has given the story a new life. Authorities are now saying that Skylar Neese was murdered because Rachel Shoaf and Sheila Eddy simply didn’t want to be her friend anymore.
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Skylar Neese vanished from her home in Morgantown, West Virginia, last July. Skylar was last seen in a surveillance video climbing out of her apartment complex window after she came home from work at a fast food restaurant. The search for the missing girl continued for six months until January when Rachel finally confessed that they had lured their friend out with them. At a hearing on May 1, prosecutor Marcia Ashdown said the girls tried to bury Skylar but were unable so they covered her body with branches.
Few people believed that the 16-year-old straight A student ran away from home. Police questioned her best friends, Rachel Shoaf and the unidentified teen, who claimed they had no clue what happened. Rachyel Shoaf admitted in January that she and one of her friends drove Skylar about 30 miles from the town they lived in, to Pennsylviana, and stabbed her. The police say the cold-blooded teenagers killed her because they didn’t want to be friends.
In January, her friend Rachel Shoaf admitted that she and another girl drove Skylar to Wayne Township, Pennsylvania, which is about 30 miles from where they lived and stabbed her. The motive, police said, was cold-blooded — the girls simply didn’t want to be friends with Skylar anymore.
Police have charged Rachel Shoaf and the other girl Skylar’s murder. The younger girl has not been identified because she is being charged as a minor. The murdered girls parents said the three girls were “inseparable.”
Skylar Neese’s father said she “had just gotten back from vacation with her a week before this. She had been best friends with her since she was 8 years old. I mean, it’s sick.” He also said “She walked in when she came here. She didn’t even knock. She was like our daughter.”
According to published reports, Skylar Neese’s classmates always suspected Shoaf because they had taunted her until she was checked into a psychiatric hospital at the end of 2012. Mary Neese, the murdered girl’s mother defended the two accused girls when the accusations started flying. Mary Neese said the lies finally got the girls arrested, “One after another, just lie, lie, lie. Did the same thing to the police. That’s how the police got onto them, because they would forget what they told them at one point and tell them another, totally different story.”
After Neese’s death, the two girls also taunted her family. The pretended that they were worried about their friend and even went door to door to ask if anyone had seen her. The girl who is being charged as a minor sent Neese’s father a message on Facebook saying: “All I want is for my best friend to come home. I wish I knew something to give the police a lead or so she can come home but I don’t know ANYTHING. I’d do anything to have her home right now and I wish I knew something like everybody thinks I do. Come home Skylar it’s been five weeks too long. I miss and love you.”
The murder of Skylar Neese shocked her hometown.
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