A 15-year-old girl never imagined that the last text message she would send would be to her boyfriend in a moment of terror. West Virginia teenager Riley Crossman, who had been reported missing on May 8, sent the message expressing her fear that her mom's boyfriend had entered her room.
"I'm scared baby," she wrote her boyfriend the night of May 7, a few minutes after making sure that her mother's partner had arrived at her room, according to PEOPLE.
According to reports, a week after receiving the message, authorities recovered the girl's body from a cliff near the top of a mountain.
The text message exchanges were presented by the prosecutor as evidence at the preliminary hearing against her mother's boyfriend, Andy McCauley, who is being charged with murder.
The cause of death for Riley, whose body was found on May 16 in an advanced state of decomposition, is still unknown, so prosecutors believe it is unlikely that the way he died can be determined.
In court, investigators assume that the physical evidence that was found in McCauley's car and the place where the girl's body was found, link him to the crime, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail newspaper.
Furthermore, according to The Journal, additional testimonies have revealed several inconsistencies in the statements of McCauley, who remains in custody without bail.
Officials in charge of the case have not yet revealed the possible reason that led the 41-year-old man to take the young woman's life.
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