MORGAN COUNTY, W.Va.(WDTV, CNN, AP, WHSV)- UPDATE 6/13/19 11:45
The case for the man accused of murdering a Berkeley Springs teenager will head to a grand jury.
Andy McCauley Jr. is facing murder charges in connection with the death of 15-year-old Riley Crossman. Investigators say Crossman’s body was found on May 16 and McCauley was charged with murder.
Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Dan James tells 5 News that the last text Crossman sent to her boyfriend was discussed during Wednesday’s court appearance. James says at 11:01 p.m. on May 7th, Crossman texted her boyfriend saying Andy was in her room. At 11:13 p.m, James says Crossman texted her boyfriend again saying she was scared.
James also told 5 News that McCauley called Crossman multiple times in the early morning hours of May 7th and blocked his phone number. He says McCauley called her at 3:00 a.m., 3:34 a.m., and then again at 3:52 a.m.
Crossman was reported missing on May 8.
UPDATE 5/17/19 11:30 AM
Chilling new details have been released in the murder of Riley Crossman.
5 News has obtained the criminal complaint for Andrew McCauley, the man accused of killing Crossman. He was arrested Thursday evening.
According to West Virginia State Police, Crossman was last seen at her home on Greenway Drive in Berkeley Springs on May 7, 2019 by her grandmother around 7:00 p.m. Crossman's mother told state police that she saw Riley's bedroom light on with the door closed and McCauley was downstairs asleep around 10:30 p.m. that same night.
Crossman's mother told police she woke up the next morning and checked Riley's room, saw she wasn't there, and assumed she walked to school. Crossman's mother received a text from the school that night about her absence and called police to make a report.
According to State Police, there were multiple inconsistencies in McCauley's story. McCauley initially told police that he works for a construction company and never left the work site in Hedgesville on May 8. He later told state police that he did leave the work site, only for a short time to drive back to his home on Greenway Drive to get cocaine for himself and a co-worker. State police say he used a work vehicle, identified as a Green Dodge Truck, to go back to the house. Witnesses at the work site allegedly told state police that McCauley already had cocaine in his possession before leaving.
During the course of the investigation, Troopers told us that they searched the truck in question , which was solely used by McCauley. They found fresh drywall mud splatter in the bed of the truck. Troopers say Cadaver dogs were used and did indicate a positive presence of a "deceased person odor" from the bed of the truck.
According to the criminal complaint, McCauley lied to police about the routes he used heading back to the job site. In his original statement, McCauley told troopers that he left the construction sit for only 90 minutes to 2 hours. Troopers say that video surveillance shows McCauley leaving the work site at 9 a.m. and not returning until almost 2 p.m.
Thursday, a body was found in the area of Tuscarora Pike just east of Swinging Bridge Road over a steep drop off in Morgan County. State Troopers determined that was the body of Riley Crossman.
According to the criminal complaint, the body had dry wall mud on the right shoulder and right foot. State Police stated that the possible location of the the dry wall mud is consistent with the alert by a cadaver dog to the rear of the truck where drywall mud was also found.
State Police also told us the location of the body was in the area consistent with a route of travel that could have been taken by McCauley from Berkeley Springs to the construction site in Hedgesville.
This is a developing story. Keep checking 5 News for the latest updates.
UPDATE 5/16/19 5:30 PM
The Morgan County Sheriff's Department has arrested 15-year-old Riley Crossman's mother's boyfriend as a suspect in her death, according to our sister station, WHSV.
After over a week searching for the Berkeley Springs teenager, the department said in a Thursday evening press release that a body matching her description was found on Thursday.
While the identity of the decomposed remains could not be immediately confirmed, Sheriff Bohrer said they were "very confident" the remains were hers. An autopsy conducted at the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office on Friday morning will confirm more details.
WHSV reports that deputies arrested 41-year-old Andy J. McCauley, Jr. for the girl's death, who was "a suspect since day one."
When asked by reporters at the press conference about McCauley's relation to Crossman, he confirmed that he was her mother's boyfriend.
McCauley was under surveillance by law enforcement at his job site in Berkeley County until he was asked to come into a West Virginia State Police office, which he agreed to do. There, he was arrested, and, according to Bohrer, was likely being processed during the press conference.
According to WHSV, He will be charged with murder – exactly which degree of murder will be up to the prosecuting attorney.
Bohrer said they had no reason to suspect the involvement of any other suspects.
Crossman went missing in the early morning hours of May 8. On Wednesday, May 15, over 300 volunteers turned out from around the region to help law enforcement search for any sign of her.
The Morgan County Sheriff's Department says this isn't the conclusion they hoped for, but they are glad the family has some closure.
A prayer vigil will be held at the Berkeley Springs State Park at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.
UPDATE 5/15/19 1:35 PM
Police in West Virginia are using adult volunteers to search for a teenage girl who went missing last week.
Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer says in a news release Wednesday’s search area for 15-year-old Riley Crossman included woods, vacant buildings, abandoned vehicles and bodies of water.
The Berkeley Springs High School student was reported missing May 8 by her mother. She is described as 5-foot-6, 125 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair. She was wearing a black hoodie and black leggings, may be wearing glasses and has a scar on her forehead.
Bohrer says “we are still vigilant in our efforts to bring this missing person case to a conclusion.”
ORIGINAL STORY 5/14/19
Authorities are searching for a 15-year-old West Virginia girl who went missing a week ago.
According to The Morgan County Sheriff's Office Riley Crossman, was last seen last Tuesday when she was going to bed at her mother's home.
It's believed she was last heard from Wednesday morning.
Her family says they fear she was kidnapped, but did not elaborate.
The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are working with state and local law enforcement to find Crossman.
The Morgan County Sheriff's Office says its planning a "Large coordinated search" for her on Wednesday.