Skylar Neese was an only child, born on February 10, 1996. Skylar attended University High School in Star City, West Virginia, and her dream was to become a criminal lawyer.
Her mother, Mary Neese, worked as an administrative assistant in a cardiac lab, and her father, Dave Neese, was a product assembler at Walmart.
Skylar had two close friends, Sheila Eddy and Rachel Shoaf. Sheila was also an only child and was born in Blacksville, West Virginia. Rachel grew up in Morgantown and was also an only child.
They attended the same high school as Skylar. Skylar, upon returning to her family’s apartment on July 5, 2012, from working a shift at Wendy’s, left through her bedroom window at 12:30 am. She would eventually be considered a runaway before being found dead.
10 Skylar Going Missing
Skylar went missing on July 6, 2012, after leaving through her bedroom window and getting into a sedan. According to her father, she left without taking her cell phone charger, left her window open, and had plans to return home.
After her disappearance, Skylar was first considered a runaway by the police, and an Amber Alert was not immediately put out in connection with her disappearance.
While an early tip suggested she was seen in North Carolina, this was determined to be a false alert, and it was not her.
9 Continuing The Investigation
Skylar’s family put up flyers around the Monongalia County region. Additionally, police looked for the unknown sedan Skylar was last seen in and later determined it belonged to Sheila and interviewed her.
She admitted to picking up Skylar but said she dropped her off an hour later. On September 10, 2012, the FBI and the West Virginia State Police also searched for Skylar and interviewed her high school friends.