PETITION to enact Skylar Neese’s Law
To: Local, State and National Government
Today I come to you with the proposal to enact Skylar’s Law, a law that will ensure that any child under the age of 18 regardless of the circumstances of their disappearance will be considered a MISSING PERSON, first and foremost, and be treated as such, until a further investigation points to…
- This beautiful little girl has been missing for 5 months, do the right thing, sign this petition and pray that guidelines and laws are changed, so you don’t have to face the same nightmare this child’s parents are facing today.
Skylar Neese Death: Body found in Pennsylvania is missing West Virginia teen, federal officials say
(CBS/AP) WHEELING, W.Va. – A body discovered in southwestern Pennsylvania was identified as that of a missing 16-year-old girl who disappeared from West Virginia last summer, federal officials said Wednesday.
Remains found in Wayne Township, Pa. on Jan. 16 were confirmed as those of Skylar Neese of Star City, W.Va., said U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, top prosecutor for West Virginia’s northern district. The FBI did tests on her remains and now an investigation into her death is under way.
Skylar was last seen on surveillance video leaving her family’s apartment and getting into a car on July 6, 2012. Her remains were found less than 30 miles from there in Greene County.
Her parents celebrated her 17th birthday without her last month, holding a candlelight vigil with both friends and strangers. The crowd released heart-shaped paper lanterns, which floated into the sky. Her aunt, Carol Michaud, told The Dominion Post that the teenager was an environmentalist, and she would have preferred them to balloons.
Skylar was an honors student at University High in Morgantown, and friends at the event described her as bubbly and kind.
A legislator from the family’s district also recently introduced a bill called Skylar’s Law to ensure that missing children’s cases are handled with urgency. It would modify West Virginia’s Amber Alert plan to issue public announcements when any child is reported missing and thought to be in danger, rather than just those believed to have been kidnapped.
Because Neese was seen getting into a vehicle, family members said authorities classified her as a runaway and no alert was issued. But they believe the girl intended to return, noting that she didn’t take money, contact lenses or other personal items.
Delegate Charlene Marshall, D-Monongalia, said she understands that a surge in alerts might make some people stop paying attention, but she believes it’s still the right thing to do.
Last week, an emotional David Neese appealed to the House Judiciary Committee on his daughter’s behalf before it amended and advanced the measure.
“Changing this law, God forbid, may be too late for Skylar,” he said, fighting back sobs. “But please allow for this bill to be debated on the floor so other families may not have to go through this horrible ordeal.”
Still Missing Dylan Redwine, Last seen November 19, 2012,
From: Bayfield Colorado.
Search continues for missing Four Corners boy Dylan Redwine, 13
Posted at: 11/21/2012 1:02 PM
By: KOB.com staff
Photo: Dylan Redwine
La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to search for a 13-year-old Four Corners boy missing since Monday.
Dylan Redwine was reported missing Monday afternoon by his father, Mark Redwine, who lives in Vallecito, about 22 miles northeast of Durango.
Dylan, who lived in Colorado Springs with his mother and brother, was staying at his father’s house since Sunday as part of a court ordered Thanksgiving holiday visitation.
Dylan was last seen at his father’s house by his father at about 7:30 a.m. on Monday. He was gone when his father returned to the house at about 11:30 a.m., after running some errands in town.
Dylan is described as 13 years old, standing 5 feet tall and weighing 105 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes.
It is not known what clothing he may be wearing, but he may have a black backpack with him.
Members of La Plata County Search & Rescue searched for Dylan Monday night and all day Tuesday, using ground search teams and search dogs.
The search area includes the shoreline around Vallecito Lake, several small subdivisions, two county roads, steep wooded hillsides and hiking trails.
Many of the homes in the area are seasonal, while some are occupied year around.
A resident who knows Dylan reported seeing him walking along County Road 501 in Vallecito Monday afternoon with another boy about the same age. Both had backpacks. The resident was not aware Dylan had been reported missing until Tuesday.
Sheriff’s Office investigators are interviewing family members and other people who know Dylan.
The Sheriff’s Office is not ruling out the possibility of an abduction but are also exploring the possibility that Dylan may be a runaway. Some family members indicated Dylan may not have been in favor of the court ordered visit this week. Dylan lived and attended school for years in the area and is known by many people.
Both parents are cooperating with investigators. Search & Rescue personnel are on stand-by today (Wednesday) in case new leads are developed that could direct them to new search areas.
Investigators are also retracing Dylan’s route from Colorado Springs to Durango and places he may have visited after his arrival.
Anyone who may have information on Dylan’s whereabouts are asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Dan Patterson (970-382-7015) or Tom Cowing (970-382-7045).