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[July 10, 2012]

Police, family seek missing 16-year-old

Jul 10, 2012 (The Dominion Post - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- ANYONE WITH information about the disappearance of Skylar Neese is asked to contact the Star City Police Depar tment, at 304-599-3550.

Star City Police are searching for a 16-year-old girl who hasn't been seen since she sneaked out of her family's home early Friday and left in a cream-colored sedan.

Surveillance video from James Place, a Crawford Avenue apartment complex, shows Skylar Neese getting into the four-door car at about 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Skylar's parents noticed she was missing when her dad checked on her at about 1 p.m. Friday, during his lunch break. He had assumed the teen, who works part-time at We n dy 's, was sleeping in.

T hat prompted a review of the video. Skylar, who has shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes, was wearing a multi-colored green shirt, yellow shorts and yellow flip flops, and had a grey purse. She is about 5-foot-4 and has an average build.

Her cellphone seems to be shut off or out of power, her father, Dave Neese, said. He doesn't recognize the car Skylar left in and none of her friends said they know who might drive it. Her friends also said they don't know why Skylar might have left and said she hasn't contacted them.

Neese said Skylar, who had a 4.0 GPA at University High School last school year, had been in a good mood Thursday night, gave her mom, Mary Neese, a hug and a kiss, and said she was going to bed. She wasn't fighting with her parents, has never run away, and Neese said he can't think of a single reason for her to leave.

Star City Police Chief Vic Propst said officers are reviewing Skylar's cellphone records for clues. She uses her parents' computer, so they have access to that as well.

Propst said teens who run away from home often do so on the weekend, but then return by Monday once they've had their fun. They had hoped Skylar would have contacted someone by now.

That worries Neese. He said he's been worried sick ever since he discovered Skylar wasn't in her bed.

"I'm just praying everything is fine," he said. "Me and her mother just want her home." Neese said his employer, Walmart, offered to make flyers for him to hang up around town.

He had a message for Skylar: "Just come home, baby," he said.

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