Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer has announced his investigative team believes they have found the body of missing Berkeley Springs teen Riley Crossman along a steep hillside in Berkeley County. Officers arrested Andy J. McCauley Jr., 41, for the murder of Crossman today. McCauley was the boyfriend of Crossman’s mother, Chantel Oakley.
Riley Crossman, 15, went missing from her mother’s home on Greenway Drive in Berkeley Springs in the early morning hours of May 8.
The Sheriff has said an autopsy tomorrow by the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston, W.Va. will provide more evidence about the manner and timing of Crossman’s death. Crossman was reported missing last Wednesday, May 8. Teams have been searching for her, while law enforcement officers have been investigating suspicious circumstances surrounding Crossman’s disappearance from her residence.
In response to questions at a press conference in the Morgan County Courthouse this afternoon, Bohrer confirmed police have been watching McCauley during their entire investigation.
“He has been a person of interest since day one,” the sheriff said.
Bohrer said there’s nothing to indicate that anyone assisted McCauley in killing Crossman or disposing of her body. The remains police believe to be Crossman were discovered on Thursday morning along the 5500 block of Tuscarora Pike in Berkeley County by officers from the West Virginia Natural Resources Police. Tuscarora Pike is west of I-81 and leads over the mountain to the village of Shanghai and the Back Creek Valley.
Bohrer said McCauley has been under surveillance at his work site in Berkeley County. He agreed to talk with law enforcement officers in Berkeley County today and was arrested there.
He confirmed that police are “very confident this is the body of Riley.”
On Wednesday, more than 350 volunteers scoured Morgan County roads, rivers and railroad tracks on foot, vehicle and by boat for any sign of the teen.
“Unfortunately it’s not the result we wanted,” said Bohrer of today’s discovery.
Bohrer said it was “extremely difficult” to deliver the news to Crossman’s family that her suspected remains had been located. He asked the community to be patient and keep her family in their thoughts.
Counselors will be on hand at Berkeley Springs High School on Friday for students. Riley Crossman was a student at the school.
A prayer vigil will be held at the Berkeley Springs State Park tonight, Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m.