MORGANTOWN — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) plans to introduce a bill known as Skylar’s Law after Congress’ Thanksgiving break.

Skylar Neese was killed in 2012 by Rachel Shoaf and Shelia Eddy, who left her body in a wooded area outside of Blacksville. The two killers picked up Neese at her Star City apartment, then drove to the secluded area. There, they stabbed her to death.

The law — called “Skylar’s law” or “Skylar Alert” — has been a focal point for the Neese family in the aftermath of her killing. They have called for the law to help other families avoid the months-long pain of not knowing what happened to their loved ones.

The West Virginia legislature passed a version of Skylar’s Law after her murder by two believed friends. Now, Manchin says he plans to introduce the bill at the federal level after the Thanksgiving recess.

A draft of the bill calls for the U.S. Department of Justice to coordinate a network for missing people and to work with the Amber Alert network. 

Skylar’s father, Dave Neese, said the hope is that a Skylar Alert would be issued if a child goes missing and law enforcement officials determine to issue one. In Skylar’s case, law enforcement said there were clues in her bedroom that she wasn’t a runaway and did not plan to be gone long when she left in 2012.

“It’s needed is what I can say,” Dave Neese said of the law.

Manchin’s office worked with the Neese family on crafting the bill and provided a statement to The Dominion Post about its efforts.

“Soon after we return from Thanksgiving recess I plan to introduce legislation that I have been working on with Skylar’s parents,” Manchin said in the statement.

“This legislation would establish a national communications network to issue immediate public notifications for missing individuals like Skylar whose cases do not meet the strict criteria for an AMBER Alert but are still at serious risk. What Skylar went through and what her family is dealing with is unconscionable and I am working to do everything I can to prevent it from happening to any other person or family.”