WASHINGTON — Deputies arrested the boyfriend of a missing West Virginia teen’s mother Thursday, after her body was found in a remote area of Berkeley County.
Andy J. McCauley Jr., 41, was dating 15-year-old Riley Crossman’s mother when the teen disappeared earlier this month, police said.
May 16, officers located a “decomposed” body believed to be Crossman’s over an embankment off a rural mountain road – a full nine days since she was last seen in her home.
The Journal, the local newspaper, reported court documents showed cadaver dogs indicated there was the scent of a dead body in McCauley’s work truck – specifically under a utility toolbox in the truck bed. Documents show the body was found with drywall, which was similar to the drywall found in his work truck as well.
The Journal reported the body was identified by officials as Crossman by personal clothing effects and dental spacers.
Riley Crossman went missing from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia last Tuesday. Now, her mother’s boyfriend has been charged in her death.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Department
Court documents show McCauley allegedly lied to police officers about his whereabouts on May 8, and video evidence showed him driving a different route than what he described to police. He also admitted to using cocaine, court documents showed.
Initially feared to have been abducted, police and volunteers have been scouring the West Virginia countryside searching for Crossman since early last week.
Morgan County Sheriff KC Bohrer said McCauley was a person of interest in the case “from day one,” at a Thursday press conference.
Crossman’s mother, Chantel, spoke with Dateline on Monday. She told the outlet she had worked late the night before her disappearance, and woke up after she believed Riley had gone to school. When the teen did not return home at her usual time on May 8, she started to worry.
The court clerk confirmed McCauley is being held without bond. He faces the possibility of life in prison.
A photo of Crossman before her death.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department