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Dave and Mary Neese of Morgantown displayed a photo of their daughter Skylar, who went missing last summer. Her remains were found in January just a few miles across the Pennsylvania border.

Dave Neese took several deep breaths Wednesday afternoon when he spoke with MetroNews “Talkline” host Hoppy Kercheval about the day’s developments in connection with the murder of his daughter Skylar.

Neese said he considered 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf and a second teenage girl who was charged and taken custody among Skylar’s best friends. Shoaf pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday.

“They were around the house? You saw them?” Kercheval asked.

“All the time,” Neese answered. “The Shoaf girl not as much, but the other one all the time. Every day or every other day.”

Shoaf admitted she stabbed and killed Neese with a knife last summer not long after Neese got in a car with her. The other girl’s name hasn’t been released because she’s in juvenile custody.

Neese said the other girl came to his house in Star City and helped the family look for Skylar.

“She walked up and down the street knocking on every door on the street to see if anybody had seen her — it’s sick,” Neese said.

The grieving father wants more answers as to why his daughter was killed and her body left in nearby Greene County, Pa.

“I want to know why it happened. I don’t want to hear ‘because we were mad at her.’ There had to be another reason why. The police can’t find it. It hasn’t come out yet. Tell me why. This should have not have happened,” Neese said.

The Shoaf family issued a statement Wednesday saying they were shocked to learn of their daughter’s involvement.

“We are truly sorry for the pain she has caused the Neese family,” the statement said.

Dave Neese said he’s full of emotion.

“There’s mad. There’s hate. There’s anger,” he said. “Yes, I’m angry — angry at the fact it even happened. I’m angry at the fact that these parents that raise their children to be good kids, but now they’ve lost their kids out of no fault of their own. The parents didn’t do anything wrong.”



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  • Constance

    RIP Skyler, sorry you had to die this way.It makes me sick how your best friends murdered you. Just because they didn't want to be friends anymore? Really?/ It scares me sometimes how people can become so evil.

  • Marsha Hickman

    Let these parents have there child back to give her a funeral allow these parents to pay the respect that they need to for their daughter. A year is long enough for them not to see their daughter. The red tape involved is not needed. Let them have their daughter and let them have their grief!!!

  • Curt

    Everytime I think of Skylar. A loss of any babydoll like that makes the world a little smaller. I don't know why but I cry everytime I think of it. It makes me angry that such an aspiring babys life is cut short. I could just scream Im so pissed. God tell me what is this purpose. You put such beautiful people on earth and then snatch them away, Please comfort her family and friends, The only thing constant is love.

  • Rachel

    God Bless you and your family, Mary. May Skylar's beautiful soul fly with the angels.

  • BigDave

    I'll just post it for you:

    Message from Skylar's mother


    Mary Earl Neese

    This is very lengthy but here it is: The time has come to tell the full Skylar story from beginning to end as we know it to this point. Please feel free to copy and paste this to your walls so everyone can share, share and share it again. We want this story to get to as many people and places as we can get it for full exposure. While doing this we would like to push the petition for Skylar's law in hopes that in the future no other family will have do endure the heartache and anger that this situation has put us through. We have the full cooperation of law enforcement to proceed with everything that follows:
    On 7/7/12 I received a call from my husband Dave asking where Skylar was. He had come home for lunch and to leave the car for Skylar to take to work and she was no where to be found. I told Dave that she was probably shopping or swimming with her friends and to call her bestie. He did and when he contacted her best friend she stated she had not seen nor heard from Skylar. Dave called me again and I gave him a couple more names to call. He called these girls also and again no one had seen or heard from Skylar. Dave called me again and I told him not to worry that she had to be at work at 4:00 and she never missed work so we would check with them around 4 to make sure she had shown up. I returned home from work and was just ready to call her work when the phone rang and it was her work place calling to see if Skylar was going to report to work. At this time I started to panic and called her bestie again and again we were told she had not seen or heard from Skylar. About 15 minutes later her bestie called me back saying she had to tell me the whole story and proceeded to tell me that she, Skylar and another bestie had snuck out the night before and drove around town and were back home and in bed around midnight. She stated the they had dropped Skylar off at the end of our street because Skylar was insistent that she did not want us to hear her sneaking back in the house. At this point we immediately called local law enforcement (city law enforcement) and they responded quickly and we did a neighborhood search and went door to door asking if anyone had seen or heard anything the night before. The neighboorhood watch program seems to be a little lacking as no one had seen or heard a thing. The city police were ready to call in search and rescue as we live close to the rail trail and the Monongahela River. I remembered that we have security cameras and the landlord was called to check his cameras and it revealed Skylar sneaking out her bedroom window and walking across the parking lot and getting into a car. The video was blurry and less than optimal and we were not able to make out the make or license plate of the car. At this point local law enforcement (city) considered her a runaway and everything came to a halt.
    From the point of her being seen getting into the car the only thing we could do was to distribute Missing posters and rely on tips phoned in to the police. Many days and nights were spent following up on these leads and supposed sightings and none of them proved to have any merit. With the support of the community we continued on and it seemed as though nothing was getting accomplished. When we contacted the City police we were constantly being told by the Chief that she was a runaway and would return and there was nothing they could do but they were following up on all tips they received. This scenario continued for 2 months until I could no longer take it. I know my daughter and I know that she would not stay away that long without contacting someone. I may be vain in assuming it but I truly feel that she could not stay away from me that long let alone her friends. I went to the city police station one day and had no intention of leaving the premises without some answers. I was told in no uncertain terms by the Chief of the Police that she was a runaway until information proved otherwise and that he could not share all the information he had with me. Although this same Chief was sharing information with people on the telephone whom we do not even know and we were finding out this information on facebook. Again, I may be vain but I feel that the parents should have this information first without having to find it out through total strangers in the neighborhood and on facebook. I had asked the Chief to call for help from the State Police and he stated that he had a consultant with the States and he did not need any further help and even stated that he asked the States for help and they refused. At this point I was told to leave his office.
    Upon returning home I could not accept that 2 months had passed with no word from Skylar and they were still considering her a runaway so I called the State Police myself and was told that yes, they had received missing fliers on Skylar to distribute and keep an eye out for her but no, they had not been asked to help with the investigation and that they would never refuse to assist with a missing persons case. From that point on the States have been continually assisting with Skylar's case and a lot of things have been discovered and revealed. The number one and main factor is that the law considers a missing child a runaway instead of a missing person until it is proven otherwise. We have lost valuable time and progress in that 2 months time because nothing was done and the Chief was waiting for her to return home. We now have a petition to enact Skylar's law that will hopefully go to the legislature in January for approval to reverse this law and make it that a missing person is a missing person until it is proven they are a runaway. This law will ensure that local law enforcement do everything at their disposal to find a missing person before the trail is cold. We have the approval of State and Federal law enforcement to enact this law and they are behind it 100%.
    At this point the investigation became top priority for the State Police and the FBI. Interviews were being conducted and investigations were done into cell phones, computers, ipods, etc. I must make note that the Apple corporation was contacted at this time with subpeonas from the FBI to disclose the last location that Skylar had used her ipod and Apple refused. They were contacted several times by both the State and Federal levels and to this day they have refused to cooperate. We have been told that this could have been over months ago if they were willing to cooperate. Through these investigations it was discovered that Skylar's 2 best friends that she had snuck out with were not telling the whole truth. They have continued to withhold information to this day and have been caught in multiple lies to both the State and Federal authorities. The original belief was that they were in fear of retrubution or the consequences of others. At this point both girls have been offered immunity and still refuse to cooperate. The supposed bestest friend of Skylar's has even failed her lie detector test. The other best friend has not shown up for her testing or last interrogation. She conveniently disappeared and did not show at her lawyer's office for her last appointment. These girls seem to believe that they are invincible and nothing will happen to them but subpeonas and warrants are being issued for the next Grand Jury in January.
    Throughout all this nightmare, the girls have withheld information. In the beginning her best friend would come to the house and cry with us and say that she wanted Skylar home. I loved these girls unconditionally and would have never dreamed they could be capable of things such as this. I felt about them as my daughters. This is truly the ultimate betrayal. The other friend never showed at our house and has only contacted us on a couple of occasions throughout these past 5 months. It is appearing at this point with all of the investigative information that these girls are more guilty than originally suspected. It just sickens me to know that anyone at this young of an age could sit by and let their supposed best friend disappear in this way. If it was truly something that happened as an accident they have had every opportunity to come forward with this information and have even been offered immunity. At this point it looks like foul play has occurred and murder has not been ruled out. I cannot stress enough what this has done to not only Dave and I but to the entire community. There has been a huge outpouring of love and support for us and we truly could not have come this far without all this love and support. It is time for these girls to come forward with everything they know. Our family needs closure to move on whether it be with Skylar's remains or the best scenario is that it be Skylar herself.

  • Amanda Clark

    itisevie, I wouldn't be so quick to think just because she made a plea that she did not have an attorney. THAT is most likely how she came to a sweet plea arrangement.

  • Judymcclead

    This story is so sad. Such beautiful girls. Their lives are over. Why. What could Skylar have done to be stabbed to death? It is so sad that the whole truth can't be found out. The girls know they are guilty so why not confess to everything. Surely it wouldn't be over a boyfriend. Please don't call them best friends. Best friends don't kill their friends and make fools out of them.

  • Joe

    "Sure, the family didn't hire an attorney, but their willingness to ensure their daughter is judged for her crime doesn't grant leniency".

    Am I missing something? The letterhead from the Shoaf family statement has 3 lawyers listed.

    • BigDave

      Read the long post below from Skylar's mom. Rachel had an attorney as early as December.

  • Fox Mulder

    @itisevie - Some crimes don't permit the luxury of 'making amends', maybe within the corrupt/broken legal system, but not morally. Sure, the family didnt hire an attorney, but their willingness to ensure their daughter is judged for her crime doesn't grant leniency. She will indeed graduate high school/college in prison, so be it. Do you know who won't be able to graduate? Who won't have the opportunity to marry & have children? Skylar Neese. She was robbed of that by someone who will likely be out of prison within 10 years. Does that sound like justice? I think not.

  • itisevie

    This is a heartbreaking situation all around. As to comments that Rachel should be imprisoned for the rest of her life, I don't know. Is she going to be a threat to anyone else? The fact that her family didn't hire a lawyer to twist the story and make it self-defense or some other twisted plot says something. She is holding herself responsible, belatedly yes, but she is making amends the way the legal system allows so that is a positive. She is only 16. If she is sentenced as a juvenile she will be out in 5 years. I would say she'll be out in 8-10 years otherwise. Out but scarred by that time with other criminals. She will graduate high school and probably college from behind bars. Now we wait and see what happens with the other child involved.

  • itisevie

    Girls are just petty and superficial at that age. They need to respect each other - something learned at home. If you don't want to be friends, walk away. I have always taught my kids that even if you aren't friends anymore, that they should respect the friendship that was and honor that past relationship by not sharing secrets or embarrassing details, or for that matter, causing that friend harm.

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  • Anne-Marie

    This is so overwhelmingly horrible. The only thing I can imagine teenage girls falling out over, is a boy. I sincerely hope it doesn't come down to that but Shoaf's statement that they "just didn't feel like being friends anymore" sounds so hollow. Whatever it proves to be, it certainly won't explain or excuse this.

  • Fentanyl Bomb

    How can the people in the WVU Athletic Department sleep at night by extending this contract by 10-15 years.
    Sweatsuit Huggins will now coach ONLY 7-12 and be out before he is 70 years old and have many years ahead of him earning a Emeritus salary.

    This is why your act is tired. Copy-paste instant auto rage. You must be a bot. Any human would adjust the algorithm for a thread concerning a dead child.

    I offer a hope that these families find solace in the admission of this terrible crime.

    • WVU07

      Thank you Fentanyl Bomb....William has a way of just being bad at being a human.


    How can the people in the Monongalia Prosecuting Office sleep at night by making this plea agreement of only 20 years? This girl will now serve ONLY 10-12 and be out before she is 30 years old and have many years ahead of them. THAT IS WHY THE SYSTEM FAILED AND THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY SHOULD STEP DOWN.

    • coalminersdaughter

      Maybe because she's a juvenile and if tried as such, she gets less time? Maybe there was not enough evidence for a conviction and the plea deal was the only way to ensure that she served any time at all.

    • WVU07

      William,why do you write the same repetitive crap on all stories? You are a plague to Metro News. Go away.

      • Constance