REMEMBERING RILEY: Community gathers for vigil after news of a body found

West Virginia

Thursday night at the Berkeley Springs State Park hundreds gathered to remember the life of Riley Crossman. A friend of Riley says she would have been pleasantly surprised by the turnout. 

“She posted online a bit about how she thinks that no one cared about her. So seeing all of this probably would have made her feel so cared about,” said Jada who considered Riley a friend. 

Riley might have known how cared for she was if she could have seen the large efforts to find her that took place after she went missing on May 8.

Thursday, the extensive search came to an end with news from the Morgan County Sheriff. 

Sheriff K.C. Bohrer announced that Thursday morning officers for the Natural Resources Police found a decomposed body on the 5500 block of Tuscarora Pike in Berkeley County. 

Andy J. McCauley, 41, was arrested and charged with the murder of Riley. McCauley is the boyfriend of Riley’s mother. 

“He’s been a person of interest since day one,” said Sheriff Bohrer. 

Hours after the Sheriff’s press conference, friends, family and even those who didn’t know Riley but were a part of the community, gathered to pay their respects and remember Riley. 

“She was amazing. She was the light of every room she walked in to,” said Emily a neighbor and friend of Riley. 

Now the community waits on the results of the autopsy to confirm that the body is Riley’s and also to discover what happened. The body was transported to the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Charleston and the autopsy is expected to be complete by Friday. 

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