Charges filed in murder of W.Va. teen found in Greene County

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MORGANTOWN, WV – Charges were filed Wednesday against two teenagers implicated in the death and disappearance of 16-year-old Skylar Neese of Star City, W.Va.


United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II and the Monongalia County prosecutor’s office announced that Rachel Shoaf, 16, of Morgantown, W.Va., was charged with the murder of Neese, whose body was found Jan. 16 near Jay Phillips Road in Wayne Township, Greene County.


During her appearance in the Circuit Court of Monongalia County, Shoaf pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after agreeing to be transferred to adult status. She is in custody awaiting sentencing.


Charges are pending against a second juvenile, who is currently in custody in Monongalia County. Due to the nature of the proceedings, no further information is available at the present time.


The charges filed were the result of a continuing joint state and federal investigation conducted by the Star City Police, the West Virginia State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies.


The cases now pending will be prosecuted by Monongalia County prosecuting attorney Marcia Ashdown and assistant prosecuting attorney Perri Jo DeChristopher.


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