Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on May 07, 2013 @ 8:25AM
Created on May 02, 2013 @ 6:06PM
On Wednesday Dave Neese told 5 News the police officer, who took over the investigation months after his daughter went missing, is a hero.
However on Thursday, Star City Police Chief, Vic Propst, wasn't getting that same praise.
"The name came up very early in the investigation," Propst said about 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf. Shoaf was charged and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in the death of Sklar Neese.
"We felt in someway that Rachel, and another female juvenile, knew right from the start that something had happened," Propst said.
Propst's department was first assigned the case when Skylar was first reported missing last July. He told 5 News that his department put more than 700 hours on the case.
"Her name came up very early in the investigation as being with Skylar earlier in the evening," Propst said.
Propst showed 5 News cameras the case file on the Neese case on Thursday. He said it remains a mystery to him how the girls kept quiet.
"That's very surprising to me," Propst commented. "I've known career criminals that couldn't do that."
During an interview with Dave Neese on Wednesday, he took time to praise a couple officers, but Propst wasn't one of them garnering praise.
"Corporal Ronnie Gaskins from the State Police department is phenomenal," Neese said. "He went above and beyond the call of duty."
When 5 News relayed that comment on to Gaskins, he was flattered.
"Mr. Neese is a very kind man and I'm very appreciative of that comment.," Gaskins said.
Gaskins said he put in countless hours when he was assigned the case. On Thursday he was quick to share the credit for Shoaf's arrest.
"It was all of working together and pulling in the resources," Gaskins said. "Simply, I was just doing my job."
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