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By GAIL DEUTSCH, ALEXA VALIENTE and LAUREN EFFRON

When 16-year-old Skylar Neese snuck out of her Star City, W.Va., home after midnight on July 6, 2012, she never returned.

Six months after her disappearance, one of Neese’s best friends from high school, Rachel Shoaf confessed to authorities that she had stabbed Neese to death with their other friend, Sheila Eddy, and then led police to Neese’s remains in a wooded area over the Pennsylvania state line.

On Jan. 24, 2014, Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for her role in Skylar’s death and was sentenced to life in prison. Shoaf was sentenced to 30 years the following month. Both were charged as adults.

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In this Facebook photo together, Skylar Neese, on the right, is pictured with best friends Sheila Eddy, in the middle, and Rachel Shoaf, on the left. (Facebook)

From Best Friends to Killers: Teens Murder Friend Because They ‘Didn’t Like Her’

Prior to Shoaf’s confession, Neese’s parents and the police had frantically searched for answers in her disappearance. Up until that point, Shoaf and Eddy, the last people to see Neese alive, had denied knowing what had happened to their friend.

The three high school sophomores had been inseparable, but in the days leading up to her death, Neese’s Twitter account showed that something had gone awry. On July 4, 2012, two days before she was murdered, Neese tweeted “it really doesn’t take much to p*** me off” and “sick of being at f****** home. Thanks “friends,” love hanging out with you all too.” The day before she was killed, Neese tweeted, “you doing s*** like that is why I can NEVER completely trust you.”

Neese’s last tweet, sent out hours before she snuck out of her bedroom window after midnight on July 6, 2012, was a retweet from a friend who had posted, “All I do is hope.”

Before the truth about Neese’s disappearance was revealed, Sheila Eddy remained active on social media, tweeting regularly about her thoughts and day-to-day activities as authorities searched for her “missing” friend. In hindsight of Neese’s murder, several of the posts from Eddy seem disturbing.

Eddy’s first tweet on July 7, 2012, the day after she and Shoaf killed Neese, was message to a friend wishing her a happy birthday.

happpy birthdayy @young_muffintop!

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Best friends and high school sophomores Skylar Neese, Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf were inseparable.

Living in Morgantown, West Virginia, the then-16-year-olds were pretty and sociable, taking selfies and spending time together. Shown here in this Facebook photo together is Neese on the right, Eddy on the left, and Shoaf in the middle.

But everything changed on July 6, 2012, when Neese’s parents discovered she was missing. Six months later, Shoaf told authorities that she and Eddy had stabbed their best friend Neese to death.

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