Birthday Vigil Held to Remember Star City Teen's Mysterious Disappearance
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 11, 2013 @ 4:09PM
Created on February 10, 2013 @ 11:58PM
"Happy Birthday Dear Skylar...," sang a group of Morgantown community members, but it's not a song the birthday girl will get to hear.
Friends and family packed into Skylar Neese's driveway to celebrate what would be her seventeenth birthday.
They lit candles and released balloons for the girl whose been missing from her Morgantown home for seven months.
"July 6, Skylar went out her bedroom window. She got into a car, and she hasn't been seen since, " said her father David Neese.
The University High School student was caught on a surveillance camera sneaking out of her window and getting into a silver car.
Mary Neese, her mom, said, "Her phone charger's still here. No spare clothes-nothing." David Neese added, "She definately did not run away."
The FBI and State Police are now working on Skylar's case, but her parents said that law enforcement did not act soon enough. That's why Delegate Charlene Marshall will introduce a bill to the legislature this session to reform the state's Amber Alert rules.
Her parents said that when teenagers go missing, the police consider them runaways. Not until a month and half later did they declare Skylar missing.
"From what I understand, this new law is going to make it so they don't have to wait anymore. They can use all the resources at their fingertips to get this stuff done," said David Neese.
"Exactly- immediate," added Mary Neese.
For now, the ones closest to Skylar are busy honoring the happy student who was aspiring to be a criminal lawyer and with a 4.0 GPA, she was well on her way.
"The only way I could describe Skylar in one word: beautiful," added her father.
"She was a really good friend, I can tell you that," said long-time friend Hayden McClead.
Co-worker Daniel Hovatter said, "She was very trustworthy. You could trust her with anything."
With a heavy heart, Skylar's father warned, "Hold your kids, tell them you love them, because you never know when something like this could happen."