The two girls behind Skylar Neese’s vicious murder were her best friends and for six long months they taunted her parents, their friends and lied to authorities about the fact that they were the reason she was dead, and that they killed her because they didn’t want to be friends with her anymore.
The straight-A high school student went missing on July 6, 2012 from her West Virginia home and her body wasn’t found until January 16, 2013 when Rachel Shoaf admitted that she and another unidentified girl stabbed her and covered up her body in a Pennsylvania town about 30 miles from her home.
Skylar’s father Dave Neese said the girls’ motive was cold blooded and cruel – “They said they didn’t want to be friends with her anymore,” the anguished dad told CNN.
The second teenage girl has not been identified because she has been charged with first-degree murder but not yet been charged as an adult.
According to Skylar’s dad, she the two girls “were inseparable” but she was closer to the unidentified girl. He said his daughter “had just gotten back from vacation with her a week before this. She had been best friends with her since she was 8 years old. I mean, it’s sick.”
That friend hid her involvement in the murder from Skylar’s parents, even going door to door with Mary Neese asking if anyone had seen her missing friend.
Newsball.com reported that Rachel Shoaf was admitted to a psychiatric hospital at the end of 2012 and that she was taunted relentlessly by friends and classmates who believed that she had something to do with Skyler’s murder. She eventually confessed to the authorities and told them where she and the other girl had killed Skylar and left her body.
The second girl allegedly taunted Skylar’s parents while their daughter was missing, corresponding with her dad on Facebook with this disingenuous message posted on August 10, 2012: “All I want is for my best friend to come home. I wish I knew something to give the police a lead or so she can come home but I don’t know ANYTHING. I’d do anything to have her home right now and I wish I knew something like everybody thinks I do. Come home Skylar it’s been five weeks too long. I miss and love you.”
To which Dave Neese replied: “Hang tough babe. Do not let things get you down. Love you.”
The day Skylar’s body was identified the young girl wrote three messages on Twitter:
“I’m a loser babyyy so why dontcha kill mee,” the lyrics to a Beck song, “worst day of my whole life,” and “the pain is real.”
The unidentified girl was taken into custody on May 1 and has been charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors have not yet charged her as an adult in the slaying of Skylar Neese.