UPDATE–Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler reported Monday night Lilly Neff had been located in another state and authorities were hoping to reunite with her Ansted family.


HICO, W.Va. — A Fayette County community is pulling together in hopes of finding a teenager who went missing over the weekend. Lilly Neff, 16, disappeared around 4 a.m. Saturday when she left a rental cabin in Hico and planned to walk to the home of a relative. 

Lilly Neff, 16, of Hico was last seen Saturday morning.

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Lilly Neff, 16, of Hico was last seen Saturday morning.

There are many unanswered questions about her disappearance. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating the teen who is a student at Midland Trail High School.

“Any community that has a child that is missing is devastated,” said Midland Trail Assistant Principal Dawn Dooley.

Dooley could not say anything about the investigation or talk about any specific student. However, she said the school has been a base of operations for a number of search efforts organized by the local community.

“The community has organized several events and used the school as a focal point to start from,” she said. “In small communities the local high school is the place local residents use to gather.”

Ansted Baptist Church has been instrumental in a number of activities including a volunteer search party and a prayer vigil Sunday night for her safe return.

Neff is medium build with blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a mole on her left cheek. She’s approximately 5’7″ and weighs 145 pounds. Deputies said she was last seen wearing a tie-dyed tee-shirt cut to expose her stomach, blue jeans, and a jacket.

Anyone having any information concerning this missing child is asked to contact the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590. You can also submit information through the sheriff’s department’s Facebook page

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  • Read before you comment...

    Did you even READ the original article before making your comment??? Before you make such rude comments about 'stupid hillbillies', perhaps a simple lesson in reading comprehension is in order for you. She was being grounded for not following her parents'rules and she snuck out to go to a party they had forbidden her to attend. Sounds like the 'stupid' one is the one who doesn't know all the facts before sticking their foot in their mouth....hmmmmmm....maybe just be thankful she's home and has learned a valuable lesson.

  • Gonna Get Worse

    Glad to hear the child is safe. Do not know her parents or home environment...won't insinuate I do. However, I'm a firm believer that all individuals must accept responsibility for their behavior and actions. Not saying ALL responsibility if they're not fully liable....but responsibility to which they are. This generation is full of self-entitlement due to the lack of structure and consequences, and it continues to worsen. Heaven forbid if a parent would warrant discipline....people freak out! Maybe that non-discipline individual will be the individual who robs you! Oh, well...you made them! Remember...it's not their fault, it's everyone else's!!

  • Earl Ray

    True dat, I believe she comes from a broken home.

  • Stupid Hillbillies

    Heck of a walk! SO far, it been one lie after another. Again, where's mommy and daddy? Better yet, where's DHHS/CPS?

    Then I'd have to ask if anyone involved, 18 yrs old or older, involved in her "travel" will be charged for contributing?

  • george

    hopefully a happy ending--we don't get much of those anymore

  • Commenter

    Good that she was found, bad that she obviously was "missing" of her own free will. Hopefully she can get the mental help she needs and got the attention she was obviously wanting from this.

  • worried parent

    You know, my parents were great parents, but when I was 16 I didn't do all that I was told, and I even snuck out a couple of times. Quit bashing the parents and focus on a missing 16 year old GIRL! IF ya can't do that then go bother someone else

  • knows

    She probably just ran away. Meet boyfriend from internet

  • harlancentral

    I would prefer to be a stupid hill billy than believe that it takes a village to raise a family. There is more to this story. The truth will unfold. Pray that God protects her and gives her insight and those who are searching for her wisdom in knowing where to look.

  • Commenter

    I agree.

  • sammy

    Earlier reports said she was walking from Hico to Danese. That is close to a 20 mile trek. There is more to this story than we are hearing. Check friends, boyfriend, enemies too. Something doesn't make sense and I fear this will not turn out well.

  • Lisa

    You know, sometimes kids do the opposite of what they are told to do. I didn't always do as my parents instructed, but they were still good parents. I pray this young lady comes home safely...and soon.

  • Stupid Hillbillies

    Seems I've heard of this. Who was that said "It takes a village to raise a child"? Good thing there is a "village" involved, 'cause mommy and daddy sure didn't do their job of parenting. A 16 year old out at 4:00 AM and not at home? In a rental cabin? Why isn't LE saying who she was with at the cabin? Me says "something's very fishy with this story". Can I ask where DHHS (CPS) is concerning this?

  • Brianna

    Her eyes are Brown!!!