Parents Cope with Life After Morgantown Teen Dies
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 28, 2013 @ 7:11PM
Created on April 28, 2013 @ 6:24PM
"I've never been through anything this horrible in my life." A heartbroken father describes what it's like to lose his one and only child.
The community continues to support Skylar Neese's family. Sunday, they held a benefit spaghetti dinner at the Ramada Inn in Morgantown.
Sixteen-year-old Skylar Neese went missing from her Morgantown home in July of last year. She was seen on a surveillance video getting into a car that night, after sneaking out of her window.
The video lead to no clues to her whereabouts. But Skylar's remains were found months later in Pennsylvania.
With no explanation as to why, her family is left to pick up the pieces and go on.
Her father David Neese said, "She was fun. She was bubbly. She was an angel, she really was."
While a father admires his late daughter, the community admires him and his wife, for how they've dealt with the situation.
"As strong as rocks, in my opinion. They've been through so much, and they keep their heads held high," said family friend Holley Funovitz.
"As bad as the tragedy is, hopefully, they'll be something good come out of it, so another family won't have to go through this," added Carol Michaud, aunt to Skylar.
And something good has come of it. Skylar Neese's Law recently passed. There used to be a waiting period of 48 hours before a teen could be considered missing. So for two days, an Amber Alert was not issued for Skylar.
"Forty-eight hours is too long to wait to do something about it. Forty-eight minutes is too long to wait to do anything about it," said David Neese.
A plea to parents: "Always know your kids friends. Always, always, always know where they're going and who they're going with," added David.
And a message to everyone: "You don't know how close you are to your family until a tragedy happens." "We love you Skylar."
So far, there have still been no arrests made in connection to Skylar's death. Her family told us the FBI still has her body.
They'll be a poker run on May 19th at Triple S Harley in Morgantown. Registration is from 11-1 p.m.