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TMCNet:  Skylar Neese's parents hope more info surfaces

[October 23, 2012]

Skylar Neese's parents hope more info surfaces

Oct 23, 2012 (The Dominion Post - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Police said they have an idea who was in the car that picked Skylar Neese up at her Star City home July 6 and they think that person or people may know more than they're saying.

The 16-year-old University High School honor student was last seen on a July 6 surveillance video leaving her home in a fourdoor sedan.

State Police Cpl. R.M. Gaskins said he believes whomever was in the car with Skylar knows what happened to her the night she disappeared. He also thinks Skylar knows the person or people she left with.

"Help us get closure for the family, find Skylar and bring her home," Gaskins said.

For Dave and Mary Neese, not knowing what happened to their daughter is devastating. The emotion is written on their exhausted, stress-worn faces. "We need help," Dave Neese said Monday. "We need her back," Mary chimed in. "When you live your life for your child and your child's no longer there, it turns your life upside down," Dave continued. Their house is eerily quiet without Skylar. It's just them now -- and Skylar's dog, Lilu, a Bichon Frise she adores.

"You could always hear her on the phone, laughing with her friends," Mary said.

"We don't hear that anymore." They didn't hesitate when asked what they miss most about Skylar.

"I love you," Dave said.

"Just out of the blue, she'd walk around the house and say, 'I love you, Mommy. I love you, Daddy,'" Mary said.

They dread the thought of Christmas, and New Year's, and Thanksgiving without Skylar. "We don't want to spend the holidays without her," Mary said. "We need her back. It's been almost four months now." Skylar likes to dress up for Halloween and would always find something nice to say about other people's costumes.

"She's such a caring and loving kid," Dave said.

For Thanksgiving, Mary cooks a big dinner and Skylar always volunteers to help season the dishes, although she's not much of a cook otherwise, her parents said. Her favorite part of the dinner is the stuffing.

"She loves Christmas. She would help us decorate the house," Mary said. One year, Mary wasn't in the mood to deck the halls, but Skylar insisted they get a tree. And get a tree, they did.

The Neeses begged anyone with information to come forward. It's been too long.

"Put yourself in our position," Dave said.

"... Whether she is alive or not, we still need her back," Mary said.

"Nobody will rest until this is over," Dave said.

Tipsters can be anonymous. They need information, no matter how insignificant it may seem. "Don't forget about Skylar," Gaskins said. "She's out there somewhere." ___ (c)2012 The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.) Visit The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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