Skylar Neese, a 16 years old girl from West Virginia went missing and leave no trace on July 6, 2012. After 6 months of being missing, her best friends exposed what really happened.
According to Skylar’s parents Dave and Mary, she gets good grades in school, working part-time in a fast food chain, and manage to balance her work and life going with her two best friends.
Skylar first met her best friend Shelia when she is 8 where the family treated her as their own. Shelia met Rachel Shoaf and introduced her to Skylar in 2010. The three became best friends and became inseparable.
On July 5, Skylar went to her part-time job but never came back home. Skylar’s parents discovered that the window of her room was removed and found a bench near it where she usually sneaked at night.
They realize that Skylar didn’t go to work and immediately call 911. After then, West Virginia police department launched a search and investigation to find the girl.
Shelia called Skylar’s parents to inform them what happened that night. Shelia narrates that three of them snuck out that night of July 4 to talk about their friendship. They drove around Star City and get high on drugs. Shelia said that they just dropped Skylar in the corner so as not to wake up her parents.
Police concluded that Skylar died because of overdosed with illegal drugs on her way home, and when people saw her body lying, they just disposed her somewhere because of panicked. Unfortunately, those theories were not proven unless Skylar’s best friends revealed what happened that night.
Jessica Colebank, one of the case investigators observed that “Shelia’s way of testifying lacks empathy which is very disturbing while Rachel seems scared.” Jessica said, “No one’s story is exactly the same unless it’s rehearsed,” because their confession was exactly the same.
Shelia and Rachel were proven lying after the authorities found evidence out about their phone records and surveillance footage. Since then, both girls were pressured to reveal what they know about Skylar’s death.
6 months after Skylar’s death, Rachel experienced nervous breakdown that led her to confess that she and Shelia connived and stabbed Skylar to death. Rachel led the authorities to the crime scene and found that Skylar has a total of 50 stabs all over her body.
When Rachel asked why they do that, she just simply says: “We just didn’t like her.”
Rachel was proven guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment while Shelia faced a third-degree murder punished with 15 years to life in prison.
After receiving justice for their daughter’s death, Dave and Mary said:
“They’re both sickos, and they’re both exactly where they need to be: away from civilization, locked up like animals. Because that’s what they are, they’re animals.”