Coordinated search planned for Wednesday for missing teen

Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer has announced his department has planned a large search on Wednesday, May 15, for Berkeley Springs teen Riley Crossman, who was been missing from her family home along Greenway Drive since last Wednesday morning.

“We are planning a large coordinated search for Wednesday, 15 May. We are asking for any volunteers who would like to help in this search effort to meet with us at near the Office of Emergency Services at 0900am in the old War Memorial Parking lot. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing, bring water and any other items you might need,” Bohrer said in a Monday afternoon press release.

The Morgan County Office of Emergency Services is located at 83 War Memorial Drive in Berkeley Springs, next to the Pines Opportunity Center.

Deputy Luke Shambaugh has been the point of contact named in multiple posters showing Crossman in photos, sharing a physical description, her last known whereabouts and contact numbers for anyone having information about her. Deputy Shambaugh is the department’s lead Crimes Against Children officer.

According to police, Crossman was last seen at her home on Tuesday night, May 7. Her boyfriend is believed to have had contact with her on Facetime in the early morning hours of May 8 but Crossman did not show up for school at Berkeley Springs High School that day and has not been seen since.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is the lead agency searching for the teen, but other law enforcement agencies from around the region and agencies nationwide have assisted in the investigation. According to Sheriff Bohrer, his department and others have worked nonstop to find Crossman and follow leads in the case.

“The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is the lead agency with assisting partners to include: FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Berkeley and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, Troop 2 Crime Scene Team, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Eastern Panhandle Violent Crime Task Force, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Charles Town Police Department, Berkeley Springs Police Department, West Virginia Fusion Center and many others,” he said in a department press release.

Students and staff at Berkeley Springs High School wore clothing in the colors of blue and gold today, Monday, in solidarity with Crossman and her family. Pleas for information about her and her safe return have been heavily circulated on social media since last week and continue to be shared.