Skylar Neese's tweets proved instrumental in helping authorities to solve her murder. At 16 years old, Neese vanished from her parents' apartment in Morgantown, West Virginia, on July 6, 2012. Her parents described her as a hard-working honors student who had a bright future ahead of her. On the night she disappeared, Neese's best friends, Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf, stabbed her to death on a rural road in Pennsylvania.
Shoaf and Eddy eventually pleaded guilty to Neese’s murder, and West Virginia courts tried them as adults. Shoaf received a sentence of between 10 and 30 years for second-degree murder, while courts charged Eddy with first-degree murder and sentenced her to 15 years to life in prison. Both girls are in the Lakin Correctional Center in West Virginia. Neese’s death highlights the emergence of social media in murder cases.
Shelia And Rachel Were Her Best Friends - And Her Killers
Neese Snuck Out To Be With Her Friends, But Never Returned Home
There Was A Serial Killer 'Kit' In The Trunk Of Their Car
Eddy Called Neese's Parents Every Day Asking For Updates
Fellow Students Overheard The Teens Talking About The MurderPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
The Teen Murderers' True Motives Are UnknownPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License