UPDATE: Berkeley Springs remembers Riley Crossman

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BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE 5/17/19

New details continue to emerge about the alleged murder of a 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a little more than a week.

Police found the body on Thursday they believe to be that of Riley Crossman. Authorities say the mother's boyfriend, Andy McCauley Jr., is facing a murder charge in connection with the case.

In the small town of Berkeley Springs, the community is coming together.

"Community has really come together from the beginning, through the search efforts, through a candlelight vigil last night," said Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer.

Police say they found the body in neighboring Berkeley County.

"By May the 9th, we began to develop information that led us to believe he might be a suspect in this case," said Bohrer.

According to the criminal complaint filed by West Virginia State Police and obtained by WDTV, police allege several inconsistencies with what McCauley told them, such as where he was at what time and changing his story multiple times.

"We began to develop information that led us to believe that he might be a suspect in this case," said Bohrer. "As that progressed, day after day, it became a stronger and stronger indication that he was."

Police say that video surveillance captured where McCauley was and how it was different from what he told authorities. Those close with Crossman remember a student, dancer, and a smile that was taken from them far too soon.

"She was a ray of sunshine," said Holli McCumbee. "She could walk into any room and smile and everybody would just smile. She was that kid."

McCumbee was Riley's dance teacher at Berkeley Springs High School.

"She was one of those kids that was going to go somewhere," she said. "She had a very bright future. She could have done whatever she wanted."

McCumbee helped look for her student.

"Something was wrong," McCumbee said.

Teachers say they'll remember some of the most important things in life having known Riley Crossman.

"Her passion to dance -- and her smile," McCumbee said. "Her smile."

What McCumbee's final message to Crossman would be --

"People love you," she said. "People love you. People are here for you."

Investigators believe this to be the body of Crossman. They're still awaiting results of an autopsy from Charleston.

UPDATE: 05/16/19 5:27 P.M.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Department has arrested 15-year-old Riley Crossman's mother's boyfriend as a suspect in her death. His name is Andy J. McCauley, Jr.

The sheriff says he had been a suspect since day one of the investigation.

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.

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.

He will be charged with murder. What degree of murder will be up to the prosecuting attorney to decide.

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. Thursday evening.


ORIGINAL STORY: 05/16/19 4:55 P.M.

Police say they have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of Riley Crossman. She was a 15-year-old girl from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia who went missing more than a week ago.

The Morgan County Sheriff says that he will hold a press conference at 5 p.m Thursday.

The announcement comes one day after hundreds of volunteers joined law-enforcement officers to help find her.

She last was seen last week at her mother’s home near U.S. 522 and Greenway Drive in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.



 
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