It’s a scorching summer night in West Virginia, and Skylar Neese is sneaking out to meet her friends. Soon, night turns into day, but the teenager never returns to climb back through her bedroom window. Months later, investigators begin to get close to Skylar’s best friends – and are startled by a terrifying truth.
Skylar was born on February 10, 1996, in Morgantown, a city in Monongalia County, West Virginia. The only child of Mary and Dave Neese, she attended University High School (UHS), where she was an honors student. Gifted in science and math, Skylar had ambitions to become a criminal lawyer.
When she was just eight years old, Skylar had met Shelia Eddy, also an only child. But whereas Skylar’s home life was stable, Shelia’s was often chaotic. As a result, the girl had developed a wild-child persona that Skylar found difficult to resist.