Investigation continues into murder of 15-year-old Riley Crossman

West Virginia

It’s been well over a week since the disappearance and death of a 15-year-old in Morgan County.

Morgan County Sherif’s Deputies leading the investigation into the murder of Riley Crossman believe she was killed by her mother’s boyfriend, Andy McCauley.

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According to investigators, Riley’s body was found on an embankment on Thursday morning in the 5500 block of Tuscarora Pike in Berkeley County. 

Investigators allege McCauley has been a person of interest since day one. The suspect, McCauley, now faces murder charges.  

“We were able to find articles of clothing that matched articles of clothing consistent with what Riley owned,” said Sheriff K.C. Bohrer of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.  

The investigation that moved the community, and pushed volunteers, the FBI, including search and rescue team, to help in any way possible since Crossman went missing on May 8, when her mother realized she did not come home from Berkeley Springs High School.

“It was a decomposing body,” said Sheriff Bohrer.

One question that has been on many people’s minds is why an Amber Alert was not issued for Riley. According to Sheriff Bohrer, who spoke to officials at the state level, “I spoke to them personally and they said it did not meet the criteria.” 

Sheriff Bohrer says they are currently waiting for autopsy results, and as of around 5 p.m. Friday there is still not a positive identification on the body they believe to be Riley’s. 

There has also been a GoFundMe set up by Joey Howard, who says he is Riley’s uncle, to help with the family’s funeral or memorial service. 

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