Search effort underway for missing West Virginia girl

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MORGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WHSV) — A county-wide search effort for a missing teenager in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia has nearly reached a full week since her disappearance.

Riley Crossman, a 15-year-old girl, was last seen at her home in Berkeley Springs on May 8, wearing a black hoodie and black leggings.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Department announced that she was missing the next day.

She's described as a white girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, standing 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighing 125 pounds. She may wear glasses and has a scar in the center of her forehead.

Since her disappearance, the Morgan County Sheriff's Department has committed what they call "a maximum effort" into her disappearance, canceling Police Week events to focus on bringing her home.

Sheriff K.C. Bohrer says their investigation has continued nonstop and law enforcement has logged hundreds of man hours in the search.

They've got help from local, state, and federal agencies, including the FBI, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, West Virginia Fusion Center, West Virginia State Police, Berkeley Springs Police Department, Berkeley and Jefferson County Sheriff's Departments, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Eastern Panhandle Violent Crime Task Force, and the Charles Town Police Department, among others.

The department is planning a large coordinated search on Wednesday, May 15, asking any volunteers who would like to help to meet near the Office of Emergency Services at 9 a.m. in the old War Memorial parking lot.

Volunteers are asked to wear appropriate clothing and bring water and any other needed items,

If you're volunteering, they say not to bring any dogs with you — Several agencies with trained K9s will be on scene.

Law enforcement aircraft and tracking experts will also be there, so they are only in need of more people to walk and physically search areas.

If you see Crossman or know of her whereabouts, you're asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff's Department at 304-258-1067.