MORGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WHSV/GRAY TV) — The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has arrested 15-year-old Riley Crossman’s mother’s boyfriend as a suspect in her death.
After over a week searching for the Berkeley Springs teenager, the department said in a Thursday evening press release that a body matching her description was found on North Mountain, at 5500 Tuscarora Pike in Berkeley County.
While the identity of the decomposed remains could not be immediately confirmed, Sheriff Bohrer said they were "very confident" the remains were hers. An autopsy conducted at the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office on Friday morning will confirm more details as far as cause of death and how long her body had been there.
Crossman went missing in the early morning hours of May 8. In the week afterward, federal, state, and local agencies partnered to search for her. But throughout that search, police were carrying out a second search for any suspicious persons.
On Thursday, they arrested 41-year-old Andy J. McCauley, Jr. for the girl’s death, who Bohrer said was “a suspect since day one.”
When asked by reporters at the press conference about McCauley's relation to Crossman, he confirmed that he was her mother's boyfriend.
McCauley was under surveillance by law enforcement at his job site in Berkeley County until he was asked to come into a West Virginia State Police office, which he agreed to do. There, he was arrested, and, according to Bohrer, was likely being processed during the press conference.
He will be charged with murder – exactly which degree of murder will be up to the prosecuting attorney.
Bohrer said they had no reason to suspect the involvement of any other suspects.
On Wednesday, May 15, over 300 volunteers turned out from around the region to help law enforcement search for any sign of Riley.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department says this isn’t the conclusion they hoped for, but they are glad the family has some closure, and they ask for prayers for all her family and friends.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at 304-258-1067.
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