Mother’s boyfriend arrested for murder of missing 15-year-old

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MORGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM) — A sheriff’s official in West Virginia announced that an arrest was made for the murder of a missing 15-year-old, Riley Crossman.

Andy J. McCauley Jr., 41, was arrested Thursday and is being charged with murder, according to Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer. 

He was the boyfriend of Crossman’s mother, and has been “a person of interest since day one,” Bohrer said during a press conference.  

Bohrer said McCauley was under surveillance at his job in Berkeley County, and agreed to come to the Martinsburg detachment of the West Virginia State Police, where he was arrested. 

Officers found what they believe to be her body Thursday morning on North Mountain, at 5500 Tuscarora Pike in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Bohrer said they can not give details on how she died at this time. 

Bohrer said only a pathologist can confirm that the body is Riley Crossman’s, but they believe it is hers. 

Bohrer said her body was decomposed when they found it, but they do not know at this time how long it has been there. 

The body will be transported to the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Charleston on Friday for the autopsy. 

There will be a prayer vigil at the Berkeley Springs State Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, Bohrer said.

Crossman, 15, was missing for a little over a week. On Wednesday, there was a large coordinated search effort with several hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement

The investigation is still ongoing. 

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