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She vanished and set off a week of frantic searching. Now, her mother's boyfriend is charged in her murder

Andy J. McCauley Jr., 41, the boyfriend of the victim's mother is facing charges in the death of Riley Crossman, 15.

WASHINGTON -- The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man in relation to the murder of a missing 15-year-old in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. 

Deputies arrested Andy J. McCauley Jr., 41, the boyfriend of the victim's mother, in the death of Riley Crossman.

Initially feared to have been abducted, police and volunteers have been scouring the West Virginia countryside searching for the missing teen 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, The Journal reported.

Officers located a “decomposed” body believed to be Crossman’s in the 5500 block of Tuscarora Pike in Berkeley County, Bohrer said.

"The body was positioned over an embankment in a rural mountain road section of Tuscarora Pike near the mountain top," he said in a release.

Credit: Montgomery County Sheriff's Department
A photo of Crossman before her death.

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The body is scheduled for an autopsy tomorrow in Charleston, West Virginia. 

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, she started to worry.

Berkeley Springs High School will have counselors in place Friday for students to speak with.

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