MORGAN COUNTY, W.Va. — UPDATE: Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer announced Thursday an arrest has been made for the murder of Riley Crossman. Follow this story for details: Morgan County Sheriff arrests suspect for murder of missing teen Riley Crossman
Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputies expanded their search efforts on Wednesday to find a missing teen in West Virginia.
Several hundred community members gathered at the Pines Opportunity Center in Berkeley Springs, combing wooded areas along streets and homes in the search for 15-year-old Riley Crossman.
“Now that it’s going onto seven or eight days, it really makes you worry more,” said Morgan County resident Jennifer Bohrer.
After hundreds of man hours, and a week since Riley was reported missing on the evening hours of May 7 to May 8, volunteers from all over the region searched far and wide for anything that may seem out of the ordinary.
“I have two daughters, so this really has bothered me tremendously,” said Bohrer.
Local agencies also pitched in to help.
“I grew up in Berkeley Springs. Even though I work in Martinsburg, I still have ties in the community,” said Greg Hoover, a firefighter at the Martinsburg Fire Department. “A lot of friends and family still live in the community, so me and the guys who came wanted to help.”
Joseph Shaffer, a classmate of Riley’s, says he last saw her a week before she went missing.
“She went into my piano class. That’s the last time I ever saw her,” he said.
The community, coming together, hoping and praying for Riley’s safe return.
“I’m kind of out here in hopes of finding something about it,” said Shaffer.
“I love how the community and surrounding areas came together for this, and it makes you feel like there is still good people and good intentions. My prayers are just with everyone,” said Bohrer.
Anyone with information on Riley’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at 304-258-1067 or call 911.
Search efforts will be going on all day.