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Robert O’Block reports that for almost nine months 16-year-old Skylar Neese of  Star City, West Virgnia, was missing.  She had vanished without a trace.  Friends and family posted fliers all over town, at gas stations, on utility poles, and even in tattoo parlors.  There was nowhere you could go in this small town without seeing Skylar’s face.

One night last summer she sneaked out of her bedroom window, and was spotted by a security camera getting into a car, willingly, at the end of the block.  While there were some in this town of fewer than 2,000 people who thought she ran away, others never believed that theory.

The police investigated many leads, but to no avail.  Finally, nearly nine months after she disappeared, one of Skylar’s friends came forward and confessed that she and another girl had plotted to kill her.  This confession stunned everyone, including the investigators who had spent many hours working on the case.

Based on court documents, the two girls were charged with luring Skylar out of her family’s apartment in the middle of the night, stabbing her to death at a moment that was previously agreed upon by the two girls, and then concealing her body under some branches in a Pennsylvania township approximately 30 miles away from her own home.

The pair not only spent time with Skylar’s mother after the murder, but they even assisted in the search.  One of the two assailants, now identified as 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf, has now pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and is currently in a juvenile detention center waiting for her sentencing.

The other girl’s name has not yet been released due to the confidentiality of juvenile court.  At this time, they are unsure whether the second girl will be tried as an adult, as Shoaf was, or as a minor.

In the court file on Shoaf, prosecutors advise that they plan to request a 20-year prison sentence, but it’s possible that she could get as many as 40 years under the law.

Local barber BJ McClead is astonished that two teen girls could keep up this type of deception from July to January.  McClead went on to say that “some of the criminals that are locked up for life aren’t that hard.”

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Source:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/25/wva-town-transfixed-by-teen-girls-plot-to-kill-friend-but-biggest-question/?test=latestnews

The American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI), Robert O’Block founder, is currently developing several areas dedicated to the solving of Cold Cases. A new section in our journal, The Forensic Examiner® gives our members the opportunity to submit information about cold cases they are involved in and get fresh perspectives from leading forensic professionals around the globe.

Also, we will be hosting a Cold Case Review seminar at our annual Executive Summit, to be held October 12-14, 2011 in Branson, Missouri. This will give live feedback from seasoned professionals and we hope will develop new leads in some of these cases.

Lastly, be on the lookout for a new certification offering from the ACFEI in the Cold Case realm.

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Robert O’Block invites you to the Executive Summit which will be held in Branson, Missouri in October.


  • The American College of Forensic Examiners is proud to invite you to the newly revised EXECUTIVE SUMMIT!
  • This year we are transitioning the National Conference into the Executive Summit! We would like our honored and most prestigious members to gather together and experience the professionalism and learning experiences involved in this enlightening event.
  • Look for upcoming information in regard to this exciting, new development!

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Robert O’Block announces the Certified in survival Mindset, CSM credential. Earn the Credential that Could Save Your Life!

The newest release for ACFEI Members is a credential essential to surviving a violent encounter, Certified in Survival Mindset, CSM!  Subject matter expert Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. The course materials cover each of his books, On Killing, On Combat, and Warrior Mindset and will prepare you for the physiological and psychological aspects of violent encounters and equip your body and mind to survive disastrous events.  View the course trailer

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Robert O’Block presents this quote by John Douglas:

“There are certain crimes that are simply too cruel, too sadistic, too hideous to be forgiven.”
John E. Douglas (Journey Into Darkness)

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Robert O’Block and the ACFEI/ICBS would like to invite you to join the top professionals in the fields of forensics and behavioral science at our 2011 National Conference.  Our conference will be held October 12-14, 2011 in Branson, Missouri.

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