“Dateline” (NBC) can be seen each Friday evening at 8/7 p.m. It can also be seen each Sunday night at 7/6 p.m. (Check your local listings). The episode called “Something Wicked” aired on March 7, 2014. In the overnight TV ratings it garnered 7.457 million TV viewers overall. It reached 1.5 million TV viewers in the all important 18 to 49 adult demographic. In that same time period, “Undercover Boss” (CBS) grabbed 7.461 overall & 1.4 with adults. “Last Man Standing” (ABC) nabbed 6.10 overall & 1.3 with adults.
“Dateline” reports on crime & mystery investigations covering the United States. The host of the one hour program is Lestor Holt. Andrea Canning reports & narrates the “Something Wicked” episode.
“Something Wicked” opened with an interview with the parents of a teen girl named Skylar Neese. They live in a town called “Star City” at West Virginia. They also interviewed a best friend named Morgan Lawrence who grew up with Skylar & were inseparable. They drifted apart though in High School. Sklyar made two new friends named Sheila Eddy & Rachel Shoaf. They were together all the time.
On Thursday July 5, 2012 Skylar went to her bedroom. The next day she went missing & her parents found a stool outside her bedroom window. “Wendy's” restaurant who employed Skylar had asked the parents if she was going to come to work. Sheila called Sklyar's mom & told her that she, Rachel & Sklyar sneeked out the night before. They picked up Skylar who jumped out her bedroom window. Sheila said that when they returned, they dropped Skylar off a block from her home.
Sheila always claimed she dropped Skylar off at 12 midnight before. On the security camera though it caught Skylar getting into Sheila's car at 12:30 a.m. Sheila was the first friend to go to Sklyar's parents & comfort them. By Sunday evening, Sklyar was missing a full weekend. She didn't use her cell phone or her ATM card & investigators concluded that she wasn't a runaway teen.
At the time, there were several bank robberies in the area. The rumors were flying that Sklyar did drugs with those bank robbers at a party. The police detectives began their investigation on Skylar by checking social media, “facebook”, “twitter” & “instagram.” The rumors continued in-to the Fall semester of High School. Student classmates began to wonder if Sheila & Rachel knew more than what they let on.
The “Federal Bureau of Investigations” (FBI) came to the school to interview the students. Sheila & Rachel's story never wavered, but police investigators had found evidence that was different from the statements from the girls. A surveillance video at a convenience store picked up Sheila's car going west to the town of “Blacksville” instead of east toward “Star City.”
Did Sheila & Rachel know more about Skylar's disappearance? Why did they both quit High School? Did the police investigators find Skylar? - You can watch the full episode of “Something Wicked” at the official website of “Dateline.”