Skylar Neese’s murder case had remained unresolved for almost nine months before her own teenage friend in January admitted to killing her.
Skylar Neese’s face had loomed in every nook and corner of Star City, a West Virginia small town, for almost nine months. People of this town had been hoping against all odds that Skylar Neese, the 16-year-old who disappeared on July 6 last year, would emerge from someplace, alive and well. Sadly, their worst fears came true as back in January, Skyler Neese’s friend, 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf, came forward with the confession that she and another female friend of hers had murdered Neese and disposed of her body in a secluded area.
For about nine months since Neese’s disappearance, no one had a clue where she had gone. The police could not even come up with a substantial lead. Shoaf told investigators the truth on January 3. However, it was only in March that the authorities confirmed Neese had been murdered by Shoaf and a female friend of hers.
Skylar Neese slipped out of her bedroom window one night last summer, and even though a lot of people speculated that the teenager had run away, her parents never believed she could do such a thing.
Apparently, what happened was that Neese’s friends from her University High School called her in the middle of the night to hang out with her. They then lured Neese, according to a plan, to a secluded area and stabbed her to death at an agreed-upon moment. The girls initially tried to bury Neese’s body, but when that was not possible, they covered it with branches in a Pennsylvania township about 30 miles away from Neese’s house.
The two girls, one of whom has now pleaded guilty, spent a lot of time with Neese’s mother after the girl’s slaying. The girls even helped with the search operation and tried to look innocent throughout.
"They look as normal as any other kid that you could ever see," said a neighbour named BJ McClead, according to a report by tennesean.com. "Not kids you would think would have anything to do with anything like this."