For nearly nine months, her parents searched for her -- initially with the help of Eddy, whom they had thought of like another daughter. Mary Neese said Eddy had even helped hand out flyers in their neighborhood.
The break in the case came Jan. 3, when Shoaf finally told investigators the truth -- and where to find the body.
Skylar's remains were found hidden under branches in a secluded spot in Wayne Township, Pa., near the unincorporated West Virginia community of Macdale.
Shoaf told police they'd been unable to bury her.
The cold, calculating nature of the crime shocked the small town of Star City. The transcript from Shoaf's plea hearing shows that fellow students had their suspicions about the case, perhaps long before adults, chattering on social media about all three girls.
A few overheard a conversation between the suspects about the plot but waited to report it. The teenagers thought it was a joke, Ashdown told a judge on May 1, "but only later decided and believed it was all too true and all too prophetic."
"These are two twisted, sick individuals," Dave Neese said, "and they're exactly where they need to be."
Neese said he believes prosecutors have enough evidence to put Eddy "under the jail," but said Ashdown told him that Eddy has steadfastly refused to plead guilty.
"It seems like there should be some kind of closure, but it's really not," he said. "It kind of opens everything back up, and things had just started to quiet down for a little bit."
The family has tried to spare others their agony, persuading legislators to pass "Skylar's Law" earlier this year.
Under it, Amber Alerts are no longer limited to kidnappings in West Virginia. Even when authorities suspect a child is a runaway, as happened in Skylar's case, the information is turned over to Amber Alert officials.