EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFather Of Slain Morgantown Teen Speaks Out
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Reported by: Jenifer McAndrews
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Paula Faris, ABC News
Reported: Sep. 9, 2013 11:24 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 9, 2013 11:53 AM EDT
Morgantown , West Virginia
Two teenage girls have been arrested in the stabbing death of one of their friends. Skylar Neese was just 16 years old when she was brutally murdered.
West Virginia prosecutors have released the name of Sheila Eddy, 17, and are charging her as an adult. A grand jury has indicted Eddy on first-degree murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges for the stabbing death of Skylar Neese, 16. A second teenager has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is waiting sentencing.
Skylar's father, David Neese, spoke with ABC News, saying justice for Skyler's death has been a long time coming.
"She needs to be tried as an adult. She didn't do something that a minor does. She did something an adult would do," Neese said.
It was July 2012, when Skylar, a student at University High School in West Virginia, went missing. Surveillance footage shows her sneaking out of her family's home in the dead of the night.
There was still no sign of the teen after months of searching. But close friend Rachel Shoaf came forward, providing the location of Neese's dead body.
Shoaf eventually admitted to "maliciously and intentionally causing the death of Skylar Neese by stabbing her and causing fatal injuries."
Investigators found the dumped body in Wayne Township, Pennsylvania, in March 2013, and identified the young teen as Skylar.
Eddy, who had helped the family search for Skylar, tweeted when the body was identified saying, "Rest easy Skylar, you'll always be my best friend. I miss you more than you could ever know."
"If you're so innocent you don't cover something up for nine months. You don't come to somebody's house the next day after you murder somebody and walk up and down the street and try to look for the person that you murdered," David Neese said.
Eddy has not yet entered a plea, and her lawyers have released a statement, saying, "It's premature to comment on the case at this time."
A motive for the killing has never been released, but police said Shoaf told officers the girls no longer wanted to be friends with Skylar.
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