Mariah Miranda Keigley

Salem, West Virginia-

(A Deadly Silence…)

Mariah Keigley was just about to leave on an extended vacation with her Aunt to Michigan on June 26,2005. When her Aunt Tonya Knudsen came to get Mariah, she was no where to be found. When her Aunt asked her father where she was, he told his sister that she had left to visit a friend down the road. As time went on and the girl remained missing, 911 was contacted and volunteers began the search for the child whom people believed was kidnapped.

Mariah at 8 or 9

Search parties covered a 10-mile-radius in the area to search for Mariah. Later on that evening police found her father David Andrew Keigley near the back of the house with self-inflicted wounds on his body. He was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment and it was there that David admitted to police that he had killed his daughter by suffocating her with a blastic bag, then storing her body in a first floor room of their home.

David Keigley during trial

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Mariah’s resting place in West Va.

David Complaint pg.2


The reason? He killed Mariah because he’d sexually assaulted her in December 2004 while on Christmas vacation. As a result of that, Mariah had become pregnant with her father’s child. Instead of her father possibly ending the pregnancy for which he caused-he silences her from ever telling about his abuse or the pregnancy by taking her life.

October 2006- David went on trial and suddenly, switched-up his story. He then claimed his girlfriend

Amber Lilley Starr (above), had killed Mariah after finding out she was pregnant. The jury didn’t buy it and Dad was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The girlfriend (Starr) was arrested and was ultimately charged with gross child neglect resulting in bodily injury.

This is because she knew Mariah’s father’s was sexually abusing her and didn’t do anything to stop it. Instead of going to trial for her crime-Starr took an Alford plea (which is like a no-contest plea), therefore avoiding a trial, in May 2007, after family members, friends and complete strangers (who knew about the case) sent the Doddridge County Judge about 400 letters, opposed to the plea bargain.

The same month, Amber Starr was sentenced to only 1 year in jail. She is currently serving one year in the regional jail, (where she belongs) but many people feel she should be there for a much longer stay, including me.

Amber Starr’s Statements-WV State Police…

Statement of Corporal D. Cayton regarding Criminal Investigation Report # 1120.

At approximately 1500 hours on Monday, June 27, 2005, while assisting other members of the West Union detachment with this investigation, TFC C.E. Boring had requested that I respond to a nearby cabin in order to speak with the four year old son of Amber Starr. TFC Boring advised this officer that the juvenile was supposed to be at the cabin by this time and may have helpful information regarding the whereabouts of the victim, Mariah Keigley. I fulfilled this request and traveled to this cabin with Sheriff Underwood.

At approximately 1520 hours on this date, I arrived at the cabin and was met in the driveway by Ms.Starr. She immediately inquired from from these officers if the victim had been located and she was advised that there was no additional information to report.

The victim’s Aunt Tonya Knudsen and a young blonde haired male subject were seated on the porch of the cabin. These officers and Ms.Starr also went onto the porch where this officer began speaking with Ms.Starr. When this officer inquired from Ms.Starr the circumstances about this incident, Ms.Starr recalled her version of these events.

While speaking with this officer, Ms.Starr began sobbing/crying, heavily, at times; however, Ms.Starr didn’t expel any tears. As a result of this, the undersigned officer asked Ms.Starr to accompany this officer away from the cabin and away from other persons who were present there. This officer and Ms.Starr sat on the ground along side the driveway in a shady area and continued speaking about this incident. Throughout this conversation, Ms.Starr occasionally would cry/sob again, even though at no time were any tears present.

At one point in this conversation, this officer asked Ms.Starr about Mr.Nicholas coming to the residence and removing guns from the residence before TFC Boring had returned to the scene. Ms.Starr confirmed that Mr. Nicholas had come to the residence and had stated, “We have to get everything out of here before they get here.” Ms. Starr advised that she believed two (2) long rifles had been removed from the residence. I had then asked Starr if she felt this to be unusual behavior considering that Mariah was missing and that the focus of everyone’s concern should be on locating her and not removing guns out of the residence. Ms.Starr sat there briefly before subsequently agreeing with what I had said. I had then asked her if any other property had been removed from the residence,which she thought about for a short time and then admitted that she had gathered up some marijuana pipes and had also ensured that they were removed from the house.

I continued talking to Ms.Starr about this incident and later made the above inquiry again about the guns. At this point, Ms.Starr advised this officer that a third (3rd) gun had also been removed from the residence,which was described as being a .380 handgun that David had purchased for her birthday.Ms.Starr related there had not been any ammunition for this firearm in the residence and further stated that she had never purchased any ammunition for it since she owned it. Corporal Cayton stated Ms.Starr later advised she had once shot the .380 at a piece of paper in the backyard of the residence.

Corporal Cayton advised he asked Ms.Starr why she believed David had attempted to committ suicide. Ms.Starr advised she believed David attempted to committ suicide because he knew she was planning on leaving him and he was very distraught. Ms.Starr advised that his attempt could have resulted in her having told David Keigley that the police were coming to the residence and that when they did he was “going to have a bad day”. Corporal Cayton stated he asked Ms.Starr what she had meant by this statement. Ms.Starr advised David Keigley had already lost one child to foster care and that he would probably lose Mariah.

Corporal Cayton advised he asked Ms.Starr if she would protect David if she believed he had done something to Mariah. Ms.Starr advised she would not protect Mr. Keigley under any circumstances because “no man is worth doing that for”. Corporal Cayton stated he asked Ms.Starr about the possibility of Mariah being pregnant and who she thought the pregnancy had been caused by. Ms.Starr explained that she did suspect that Mariah was pregnant and she had assumed the child was David Keigley’s. Corporal Cayton advised he asked Ms.Starr why she had not reported David for this if she had a reason to suspect this. Ms.Starr replied she did not know. Ms.Starr replied she just wanted the matter to be over and once it was, she was never going back to the house.

Starr’s Polygraph-WV State Police…

Corporal Cayton and the undersigned officer agreed to offer Amber a polygraph test to eliminate her as a suspect.

At 1900 hours at West Union Wed. June 27, 2005:

(Background Narrative)

Ms.Starr explained Mariah was eager to go on trip to Michigan on vacation. She also advised that she believed that David may have had something to do with Mariah’s disappearance because of his demeanor when she was reported missing. Ms.Starr explained that she had no direct knowledge of Mariah’s disappearance or to where she may be at this time. Corporal Kush inquired about Ms. Starr’s knowledge of David Keigley’s sexual relationship with Mariah. Ms.Starr explained she found David sitting on Mariah’s bed naked, while Mariah slept on two occasions.Ms. Starr advised she found it strange David sat there staring at Mariah. Ms.Starr stated she did not see David doing anything to Mariah but she had her suspicions. Ms.Starr stated that she also observed David to be naked walking around the upstairs of the residence while Mariah was sleeping. Ms.Starr explained that David drank alot and on several occasions he was intoxicated. Ms.Starr explained she purchased a pregnancy test for Mariah because she was afraid of the possibility Mariah was pregnant due to her missing her periods and she noticed Mariah was getting bigger.

The Test

Corporal Kush advised he administered the polygraph test to Ms.Starr and asked the following relevant questions.

Relevent: Did you plan to cause any injuries to Mariah before the day of her disappearance?

Answer: No.

Relevent: Are you lying when you say you saw Mariah the morning of her disappearance?

Answer: No.

Relevent: Did anyone tell you that they caused Mariah’s disappearance?

Answer: No.

Relevent:Do you know for sure where Mariah is right now?

Answer: No.
Corporal Kush advised he reviewed the physiological data recorded on the charts produced from this examination and concluded Ms.Starr’s charts were inconclusive while answering the relevant questions.

Corporal Kush and Sergeant Merrill spoke with Ms. Starr during the post test interview. Ms.Starr began to cry and explained the same as stated in the pre test interview; that she believed that David may have had something to do with the disappearance because of what she had observed in Mariah’s bedroom and because of David’s general demeanor. Ms. Starr advised that when she arrived home on the day of Mariah’s disppearance she told David he better not have had anything to do with Mariah’s disappearance. Ms.Starr explained that David did not respond. Ms. Starr stated she went around to the neighbors looking for Mariah. She advised on the night before the Mariah’s disappearance, that she (Starr) had been drinking and that she smoked marijuana with David Keigley.

Sergeant Merrill spoke with Ms. Starr about a possible argument that David and Mariah may have had the night before the reported disappearance.At first Ms.Starr didn’t recall any such argument.Corporal Kush advised Ms. Starr then put her head down and began to cry as she appeared to attempt to remember anything that she may have witnessed on the night in question. Ms. Starr stated that she then remembered David and Mariah standing on the stairs arguing. Ms. Starr stated that she witnessed the argument continuing up the stairs.Corporal Kush stated Ms. Starr that began to cry harder and she stated that David Keigley had his hands around Mariah’s neck and was choking her.

Ms. Starr advised that she could not remember if this happened in the bathroom or in Mariah’s bedroom. Corporal Kush advised while exploring this issue, Ms. Starr ‘s answers became more delayed. Kush advused at the time Ms. Starr appeared to be thinking harder. advised that she could see David carry Mariah’s body outside and into a field near a creek with clean cut grass and small Christmas trees. Ms.Starr advised David walked past a barn, through a fence and then buried Mariah near the creek bed. Ms.Starr denied she helped David Keigley carry Mariah to this location. Corporal Kush advised Ms. Starr explained the area she was talking about and assisted with a hand-drawn map of the area in question. Ms. Starr agreed to go to the area and attempt to look for Mariah’s body. Corporal Kush advised during the interview with Ms. Starr she was given several breaks at which time she was able to leave the premises. After each break Ms. Starr voluntarily returned to the interview.

Tuesday June 28, 2005 at 0015 hours:

Undersigned officer, Sergeant Merrill,Corporal Kush, Corporal S.D. Swiger, Trooper First Class B.S. Snodgrass and Trooper First Class M.A. Kiddy traveled to the area explained by Ms. Starr. This area was located approximately 0.5 mile(s) west of the Keigley residence along Miletus Road.

Upon arrival, Ms. Starr lead the above mentioned troopers to to a lawn with several small pine trees. She explained that she could see David digging in the creek with a shovel. Starr advised she observed David bury Mariah along the creek near the water. Starr advised she could see David with the shovel abd could only see his body from the mid-section up. Ms. Starr advised she carried the shovel and flashright and David carried Mariah.
The undersigned officer contacted the scene via radio and requested Trooper First Class Waggamon respond with a K-9 handler and a cadaver dog.

The undersigned officer and the above mentioned troopers located an area in the stream which appeared to have been recently tampered with. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Mariah’s body was not present in that area of the stream. The undersigned officer and Corporal Cayton determined the search in this area should be concluded during daylight hours. Search continued using cadaver dogs in this area, but concluded with negative results.
1000 hours:
A Foul odor is noticed by troopers standing on front porch.Cadaver dog was used while entering the home the dog “hit” slightly in the storage room of the home.The k-9 handler requested the officers remove items from the room to search. Shortly after, body discovered wrapped in plastic bags under other items. Body determined to be that of reported missing juvenile, Mariah Keigley 14 yo.


Other Links:

Daleen Berry Website

WBOY-Keigley Guilty No Mercy

This week marks three years since Mariah’s murder and I wanted to post this it explains some things and makes very valid points.

From an e-mail sent to me, early June 2008 from a person who knew Mariah:

“Neither one of Mariah’s parents were supposed to have custody of her or her brother and that included contact of any kind. It is really hard to gather information about how Mariah was returned to her Dad because the judge in that case is really affluent in our county and when the article ran after her murder about her brother-it somehow disappeared into thin air within a couple of days. I chalked it up to it being an election year and the judge knew if that info. went public he would lose his seat on the bench.”

They also wrote the following…

“Doddridge County is a very close-knit unit that likes to handle things internally, grieve privately and tries to stay out of the limelight…Everyone knows eachother so they try to take care of eachother. When something painful happens like Mariah’s death-they just want to lean on eachother so they can pray and mourn privately. It was like a 3 wing circus after they found Mariah’s body.Newscasters showed up at the funeral home and tried to force their way inside the funeral itself and the graveside service.

Her friends didn’t even want to walk into the funeral because there were so many reporters there with cameras, and it didn’t help that those students or other mourners were told to stay so many feet from the funeral home.” Mariah wasn’t a celebrity she was a 14-year-old girl who deserved respect-something she obviously didn’t get while growing up.”

86 thoughts on “Mariah Miranda Keigley”

  1. I found out about this case from a co-worker, and then learned more from searching the internet and such.This girl, Mariah should not have been in father’s custody.

    Her father lost her brother to CPS or some agency like that for starving him,then father is given custody of Mariah? Somebody messed up big time in the state of west va.

    And David wasn’t just abusive to Mariah, I heard he was to all her siblings.But his ex-girlfriend Amber is just as disgraceful.

    She abused the kids as well,smacking them,throwing the younger ones around like rag dolls when they got on her nerves.She is getting out of jail soon, and I really pray to God she doesn’t reproduce.Amber didn’t treat the other kids right and she should not be blessed with more.

  2. Jaqueline,

    Where in the world did you come up with your information about this case? is it all hearsay from your coworker? I really hope you have some evidence to substantiate your wild accusations otherwise that would be slander or liable if it were not truthful.

    The fact is you don’t know what happened in this tragic story any more then the news has told you, which may or may not be 100% true.

    What you do know is that Mariah’s life was taken in one of the most horrific ways imaginable and the person who did that to her was supposed to protect her from harm. David is not a demon, he is obviously very sick….and i pray he can be helped, but i don’t know how you fix something like that.

    Amber is guilty of several things, mostly surrounding using poor judgment. she never strangled anyone, nor did she kill Mariah. Lets keep that fact on the forefront when you say things like disgraceful. I dont know if she lied to the police or not, but try to remember when you condemn her and spout your accusations that in those few hours between the time DAVID killed Mariah that Ambers entire world fell apart. Her step daughter was dead, her live in boyfriend was found attempting suicide, and she may or may not have known he had killed and hid her body in their house. How would you have reacted? maybe you might have made a bad choice or two under those circumstances also? I think i might have.

    1. I adopted the boy that David and his live in girl friend had. His name is Andrew I have had him now for almost 2 yrs. That SOB needs to die the way he killed his daughter but then it all falls back on the welfare department in West Virginia they suck.

      1. That’s great that Mariah’s brother was adopted!
        Wonderful news! I was thinking that Amber Starr got back custody of Mariah’s little brother.

        I think he will have a great life full of love, care and attention, things he didn’t get nearly enough of when he lived in Amber and David Keigley’s home. I feel you will be blessed for adopting this child and giving him a loving home. Thanks for posting:)

      2. hi u dont know me but u took in my brother….. and i thank god u did i was just wondering if he even knows me…. and just tell him i think of him and hope hes having an amazing life….=)

  3. Gemini I would like to show you something about this case would you post info for me to reach you? I believe once you see this, you will know that I am not lying and neither is my friend and co-worker, Valarie. TU,

  4. Jaqueline,

    just because you say its true, does not make it true. just because you say you know what your talking about i am entitled to disagree with you. If you post things you say are true, and i post things i say are true, and i claim to know what i am talking about too then one of us is obviously misinformed and embellishing the truth. I feel that is you. there were no guns, there were no drugs. if the WV police found guns…and believe me they turned that house inside out, I was in it afterwards, they would have found them and filed charges.

    I am not defending anyone. I am not convicting anyone. I support the courts rulings, and i just keep pointing out Amber didnt have incestuous sex with Mariah, then kill her…david did. He used garbage bags and duct tape….duct tape renders near perfect fingerprints every time. but again, lets not excuse the facts mentioned above and blame amber for Mariah’s death because she may or may not have known what was going on…thats ludicrous.

    i doubt the investigators would still be looking for the killer if david had not confessed. Oh yeah…he confessed to getting his daughter pregnant and killing her….and he didnt tell anyone either, until it was too late. I am pretty sure the police were onto what happened right away. its sad its tragic, and unspeakable. what it does not need is embellished misinformation being spewed on a chat board.

    1. Joe, Just because you were in the house afterword doesn’t mean that you know what was there and what wasn’t. I was there the whole time. I know what was there and what wasn’t.

  5. I think this whole case made me sick, reading about it. A man who is to love and protect his child and having sex with her and getting her pregnant. Why did the girl not tell her father raped her? Or that he made her pregnant? He must have scared or threaten her bad or something.

    1. mariah did tell her friends at school, but they were just as scared ….they were middle school girls who didnt ever think death wuld become of it….and mariah had planned to tell her aunt when she went with he on vacation…i kno this for a fact…and the girls who she told this to told me after the poor girl had been murdered

  6. I hope ur not going to blame the victim of this crime? It is so easy 4 people to say why didn’t the victim tell any1 but I can tell u from first hand, that it isn’t that easy 2 just tell people what is happening 2 u.
    I was sexually abused by my mothers husband for 3 years and didn’t tell until I was nearly grown (16) and out the house, away from him.When ur terrified of a man who shows a violent side & threatens to kill everybody in ur house you will shut ur mouth and learn 2 deal w/things.I felt my mom husband-I wont call him stepfather,would just say I was lying and every1 would believe him over me.

    Maybe that is what happen to this girl Mariah. Don’t blame her please.I didnt know her but I can relate to what she probly went thru.

  7. Joe

    You know what,believe what you want to. You are right, somebody’s misinformed, but it sure ain’t me. Amber and **** had got the drug stuff and the guns out the house before the troopers came back to the house on the day this child was missing.Amber, hid these things (while the st. trooper left the house to do something)cause she thought she would be in trouble if the troopers saw these things in the house while they did their search.Two other men helped her get rid of the rifles, handguns,shotguns and they weren’t charged with interfering in a investigation, or for the drugs. You have to ask the police why not.

    I have wrote things that actually took place, but wasn’t publically known until now. You only posted that you “were in the house afterwards” and the house was “searched inside out.” Wow…everyone knows that already!

    As I said before Starr knew what David was doing/what was going on in her home, she told the cops things she seen with her own two eyes! She ignored it and since you support the court’s rulings,
    you should support that in the laws eyes, Amber knew and is in jail for that.

    Amber was also planning on leaving David and taking her 3 boys,leaving Mariah all alone with an abusive father. She didn’t care about Mariah, never did then and doesn’t now. She used the girl as a babysitter or nanny and when she found out she was gone, I heard she didn’t even shed a tear. Amber was too focused on saving her own butt and this is all the truth like it or not.I’m finished.

  8. I am relieved to hear you are finished. Lets again focus on the facts as we know them to be true. David had sex with his own 14 year old daughter, david got her pregnant, david killed his pregnant daughter and the unborn child. there is no evidence of guns or drugs, nothing supporting your wild embellished accusations at all.. except for your mystery ****

    I do support the court ruling and support the fact that she was convicted and sentenced to serve time in jail. Even IF Amber allegedly knew this was going on, and did nothing. somehow that does not outweigh or come close to the seriousness of the horrific nature of the things david did, even if it was true as you claim.

    If your so well in the know, you would know amber is no longer in jail. but, maybe, just maybe you dont really know what your talking about and are just mortified that this has happened and want everyone to be punished as much as david is being punished.

    I dont know know your connection to david, but i suspect you are related in some way and are coordinating a witch hunt.

    If amber knew, maybe the boys knew too…should they be in juvenile hall? no matter how you keep saying it, the fact remains that even if amber knew what was happening she didnt commit the horrific crime itself and at most committed a much less serious crime of really, really bad decision making by lying to the police. a crime she did time for, as ordered by the court, and accepted by most reasonable people…but you want more and wont accept the outcome.

    1. She is guilty!!! Amber knew about it and didn’t do a damn thing!!! She is just as guilty as David!! And she only gets one year now that tells you how screwed up our court system is!!! US as citizens need to stand up and demand a,change!!! I hope the judge feels good about himself for not defending an innocent child!! This pisses me off!!!

    2. This is outrageous and you’re obviously someone who either knows Amber intimately or, for whatever disgusting reasons, empathize with her. The post isn’t made up of simple hearsay, jesus fucking christ, it’s lifted directly from court documents! Amber is a giant pile of burning garbage and she’s AT LEAST AS MUCH TO BLAME, if not more, for the fact that Mariah isn’t alive today because the very first time she saw this girl’s father sitting next to her in bed, FUCKING NAKED, she should have notified the police. Or, just for argument’s sake, say that’s unreasonable (it isn’t!) then what about the FACT that she provided this CHILD a pregnancy test? How about then, when it was confirmed the girl was pregnant? Would that have been a good time to notify the authorities? COME ON! Standing by while abuse this disgusting and horrific takes place makes you a total piece of shit, period. Defending that walking, talking bottle of ranch dressing because she didn’t physically choke the life out of Mariah is disgusting and delusional.

      The fact that Amber served less than 50 years and was even offered a plea is ridiculous. You defending her horrible actions is ridiculous. You’re a horrible person Joe ‘Fairness’.

  9. I have to say that if Amber Starr is free and out of jail, that is good for her to get a second chance, but I hope she learned from all of this and anyone else in similar positions learned from this tradgedy as well.

    As for David Keigley, I don’t know about others who post on here but, in no way do I condone David’s actions against his own innocent child and I find what he did unimaginable and sadistic.

    However, I can see how some could feel that Amber committed a serious wrong as well. I guess she has paid for that now.

    With all due respect, the only thing I don’t understand is, you posted that she served jail time for “lying to the police” about the murder-yet that is not the crime for which she served jail time for.

    She was convicted and sentenced for the crime of “child neglect”-a felony. The other crime she was facing some time ago was for “Accessory After the Fact” which in WV is only a misdemeanor, and that was dropped when she was offered the plea deal.

    Did I misunderstand something? If so please correct.Thanks
    A Question:
    Also is it true she lost custody of all her children?

    1. please help me find amber’s boys. I am trying to find 2 older boys for there grandfather. Please if anyone knows who has them please let me know.
      This was a terrible thing to happen to any child. I too was molested by a neighbor and had to be surgically corrected. greatly appreciate any help

      1. we are lookin for domnic cianci and seth starr ambers 2 older boys from a previous life amber had in cleveland ohio if any one knows where domnic and seth are please contact 216 254-3505 or 216 251-2152

        4353 west 145 cleveland ohio 44135

  10. I keep coming back and reading these posts just because i have a place in my heart for Mariah and i want to remember her, even though i never knew her. I feel so sad about what this young girl went through in her life, i pray she is at peace an heaven. her step brothers are doing well in their new home, but i still wish someone had done something to help Mariah.

    I wanted to take a second and comment on a post Heather Conrad posted on Jan 23rd that for some reason i glanced by and didnt respond too. Heather, believe me i dont feel Mariah deserved anything that happened to her, nor is there any way she could be responsible in any way for what was done to her. she was more then a victim, and i feel this way because it was her father who did this to her. I have a daughter Mariah’s age…i couldnt even begin to think of how or what would make someone do anything like that.

    Heather, i am soo sorry for not responding to your post when you posted it. I wish i had. I am sorry to hear about the things you went through in your life. Being a kid is something a person can never get back, and a child deserves their innocence as long as it is there. taking it by a parent or by an adult is inexcusable. i hope you have spoken with someone who can help you deal with your memories. i wish there was some way to make them less real, and i pray that you are finding peace in who you are. you can email me at if you want to comment and dont want to place it here.


  11. Joe,
    Like you, Mariah’s horrible experience caused her to have a special place in my heart too and I never met her. She just seemed (from pics) like such a sweet and innocent girl, who deserved far more happiness, love and caring than she got in her short 14 years of life.

    She is 1 of the reasons I was motivated to create this blog UNsafe at home. Too many of America’s children dying far before their time, and dying at the hands of people who were supposed to love them.
    Something needs to change, from laws, to Child Protection funding and accountability, to community and extended families taking immediate action and becoming involved to save the children who they feel or know are in danger. Thanks for returning to post.

  12. 1. It is not fair to present ‘facts’ with no back-up. Give internet sites, police or court reports – SOMETHING where folks can look it up and it’s not just gossip.
    2. Drug addicts cannot care for children. Period

  13. Why did the dad not just get the girl abortion? It was his fault he should be the one to solve the problem. He didn’t have to kill this girl like that. Rot in hell.

  14. oh my god, this is just evil,100% Evilness this girl was living with a monster, not a parent. real parents would never never treat their kids that way. Any person who knew what she had to live like and did nothing is guilty as the father.

  15. No Maria, they are NOT as guilty as the father. The father had sex with his 14 year old daughter and then killed her. That is really bad, its called incest and murder. anyone who knew about the incest, if they did, are sick and now have to live with the fact they did nothing and this girl is dead. As bad as that is, its not murder. but you are right, it is evil in any respect.

  16. If people knew about any abuse, physical or otherwise and didn’t act to remove Mariah from the home (ie. sat back and did NOTHING), I also feel that they were indirectly responsible for her death, not just ‘sick’ and if they “feel bad” about now, it serves them right.How do they think Mariah must have felt?

  17. Well i never heard about this till today but it makes me sick and for all you to just argue over who is write and who is wrong is not good either the dad yes needs to rot in hell as for amber i dunno what she did know or didnt know but we that dont know everything about the case cant really say what she is or isnt unless we knew her..You dunno what the situation was for her maybe she was as scared of him as the daughter was im not sticking up for her just throwing a thought that noone has covered out there ..if she did know and just didnt say anything because she didnt wanna deal with it or what not then she is partly to blame also and needs to do more than a year because to me if that is the case then she is not gonna learn anything besides don’t get caught again ..Just my opinion and sorry iam not a great speller

  18. I know Amber and she is not any kind of monster, she made some mistakes and believe me she is paying for them every day. She was someone in a bad relationship with a man that was crazy! All the blame goes to her ex boyfriend, leave Amber alone.

    1. Amber is, for lack of a better word, a witch. She was insanely jealous of Mariah, from the moment I met her. She shaved Mariah’s head when she was ten years old, in October, claiming she had lice. It was very strange that Amber still had all of her long, thick hair, but sent a girl to school with hair shorter than a boy’s. Can you imagine all of the torment the other kids put her through? She withheld presents my family gave to Mariah and, ultimatly, pushed most of our family away. It’s hard to know something’s going on when we stayed away to keep from dealing with Amber. If she ever had any love for Mariah, she should have told someone what she knew was going on. There are many people in my family who would have gladly taken Mariah and treated her how she deserved to be treated. Amber just didn’t care. Regardless of what the “investigation” found, she was way more involved than she ever got punished for. I pray that the boys are doing well and will never be in her custody again.


      1. Marina, I’m glad you’re taking up for him. He was always happy and nice, despite what they must have gone through. Please tell him I said hello and I hope all three boys are doing well. Mariah was my niece, so I can understand the anger. My brother is where he deserves to be, thinking about his actions for the rest of his life. Amber is not, but karma catches up to people eventually.

      2. Sorry about that Marina, the area code confused me. Please ignore my previous post. I didn’t see until I scrolled down that Andrew is your fiance. I, unfortunately, only got to see him when he was a baby. I still have a couple pictures of him from way back then. My mother told me he went to the funeral home at a special time, so he wouldn’t be bothered. I just assumed, unfortunately, that meant he didn’t want anything to do with our family.

  19. I don’t understand why some of the people that leave comments on this blog are more concerned with arguing with each other than being concerned with the child that was murdered. You all need to concentrate on helping other children who are being abused than to argue among yourselves. That doesn’t help anyone.

  20. Okay, after reading comments on this article, I do have to say that Amber Starr did abuse Mariah, but I heard nothing about her abusing her children. I wouldnt doubt that she did abuse them if she had abused Mariah though. There was only one key evidence that Amber had been involved, which I am not saying what it is. But it was not enough to convict her being an absolute part in the murder, so sadly me and my family shook our heads in disbelief seeing her get away with so little punishment.

    I was young when this had happened, and decided to look up some stuff about the case. I am a relative of Mariah is all I am saying. Hope this clears some things up.

  21. i hate what he did to dis gurl she didnt have to go through that n stuff n david keigley needs to burn in hell n i hope his own daughter huants him while he is in jail. a 16 year old gurl shoud not have to go through that stuff like that. when i read wat happen to her i want to cry

  22. I am one of the best friends of Mariah’s sister.
    From what Ive heard, most of this is true.
    The mother and sister(my friend) DID try to find Mariah. They couldnt find her.
    And my friend suffers everyday from her loss.
    As others have said, David is obviously sick, still, he should not have done that.

    1. If the mother had tried to look for her, she would have found her. My mother’s name has been in the phonebook for years. That is how the woman Mariah was left with, by her mother, found my family. It sounds like things are being romanticized by her mother, wanting to look like she was searching for Mariah, when she is the one who gave her away.

  23. what about all her west va. relatives that saw Mariah get hit and punched by daddy and never lifted a finger to get her out of there.How can they live with not helping her out before the murder?

    As for Mariah’s mom trying to find her, why couldn’t she find her when they were both living in the state of Ohio? She knew where David’s people lived at in wv, sorry not buying it.

    1. No one in our family saw Mariah getting hit or punched, by anyone. A good show was put on when most of us were around, which wasn’t very often because we didn’t want to be around Amber. They also lived forty minutes away. Please do not try to put the blame on my family that loved her very much.

  24. The girlfriend is as guilty as the father. She and only she could have saved that child.All she had to do was contact the police. Some people are not sick but pure evil. I hope that the state took her kids because if she didn’t protect one child, she won’t protect another. There is A word for her. One sick mother.He needs to set in the electric chair with her on his lap.

    1. This is 1 of the saddest things i ever read, this girl was victimized and
      murdered like that, by somebody that was supposed to love and protect her. Her dad doesnt deserve to breath our air, why is he still alive?

  25. i never new my big sister i never got to sit and laugh with her i never got to talk about boys with her my aunt took me away from her and because davids nasty self did that to her he took her life and the life of her baby! i will never to get to meet my sister and i miss her sooooooo much may God watch over her! -kelsey keigley-

    1. My daughter was a friend of your sisters. They went to school together. I’ll be thinking about you and will remember Mariah on her birthday, like we do every year.

      1. kelsey my names marina and im your older brothers girlfriend im sure he would love to talk to you he doesnt even kno he has another sister besides mariah please call me or write back 443/823/2211

    2. I knew you when you were a baby, Kelsey. I’m sorry you never got to know her, but David took care of you when you were a baby and treated you much better than your mom ever did. Your aunt took you away because of your mom, not him. I hope your older brother is doing well. I used to babysit him all the time and loved him very much. I hope that you have a much better life than Mariah got the chance to and live every day for her, as well as yourself.

    3. I think you are full of shit Kelsey. HOW DARE YOU say that Tina “took you away from Mariah”….. The piece of shit you are LIVING WITH (aka Penny…. YOUR MOM) took you away from Mariah, Andrew, Micheal. If she wasnt such a crack whore keeping you, Michael, and Mariah FREEZING and STARVING on her JUNKIES door step then Tina would have never gotten custody of you three. Tina had three of her own kids and could barely afford it, so how the hell was she suppost to raise three more????? She did what was best for you three to GIVE YOU A BETTER LIFE…. she even raised YOU (you ungrateful brat) for 8 years. Before you start pointing your finger you better take a hard look around you… you chose where you wanted to be ~10 years ago when you decided you wanted to live with your mom…. has ANYTHING CHANGED??? no she is still a crack whore. PERIOD.

      1. look that was the story i heard i hear my aunt Tina took me and David took her! OK so calm your shit! my mother is doing better then she was doing and how dare you say shit like that TIFFANY oops my bad did i call you out hmm grow up! really or man the hell up and put your name on this shit! leave MY sister and MY family’s names out of your mouth

      2. To PISSED OFF,
        All I hear from you is anger and bitterness and I have to wonder how you can live your life and be happy with all of this baggage that you are carrying around. There is no denying the fact that you, and all of the kids have lived a less then perfect life. And that your parents have made ALOT of mistakes. But there comes a point in your life that you need to let go of all of these grudges and forgive. When you embrace forgiveness, you can also embrace peace and joy.
        I also wish you would stop making it seem like Kelsey has this terrible life and that no one loves her, when the truth is that she has alot of people that love and support her, offer her encouragement, and helps her make decisions in her life to put her on a path of success. What you don’t know is that Kelsey is doing awesome in school, in fact she is in the top 20 of her class, She is enrolled in a Patient Care program at a vocational school and when she graduates she will be a LPN. What you don’t know is that she is happy, fed, clothed and well taken care off. What you don’t know is that her mother, whom you call a crack whore, is in fact NOT a crack whore. She is a single mother who has made alot of mistakes in the past and is trying to right the wrongs. She is not perfect, but neither are you, or me or anyone in this world. She is human, and is bound to mess it all up. What is important is the positive changes she has made in her life that YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT.
        Move on with your life, worry about yourself and leave Kelsey alone. She is a beautiful, happy, goofy, silly and very intelligent young lady.

      3. Wow Kelsey I can not believe you would just ASSUME that I would write something like that. I am WAY over the BS…. just so you know that was not me who wrote that, ok??


      andrew is doing very well and he has been wanting to talk to all of you very much please contact me 443-823-2211

    2. its okay. but andrew isnt like that he wants everything to do with your family . I told him about kelsey and got them talking to her and his real mom and he is so happy. Were having a baby so i want to do everything that i can to make his life right he holds such a grudge over his dad doing that and he thought since no one from ur family ever tried to find him he assumed no one ever wanted anything to do with him hes been trying to find you guys for so long and im so happy i finally found u all for him he truely is very happy and im trying to find a way to get him down there to visit if thats okay with everyone i just dont want his adopted parents finding out bc they already dont like me because im a girl ( long story ) and i dont wanna make them any harder on him . But if you want u can give me a call n talk to him 443-823-2211

  26. Hey there, this is actually a great write-up. You get my vote for Mariah Miranda Keigley | UNsafe at Home and I am going to bookmark your blog now.

  27. Hi everyone I am looking for dominic and Seth two of ambers kids from a previous life she had before all these terrible things happend.Amber had two sons when she was in cleveland ohio. Dominic and seth are my sons that she had took away from me. If any one has any information on where their at or if their in a states custody please contact me 216-254-3505 thank you Rocco

  28. Rocco, From what I understand, all three boys (Dominic, Seth, and Daniel) were placed with a member of her family that was willing to take them and not let her have contact. I am sorry, but that is all the information I heard.

    1. She doesn’t have her kids (her and David’s son and her other 1), Her parental rights were terminated in family court and her sons were taken and are now living in a new home in OH.

  29. this is one sad story that always ends up being ignored i do feel sorry for all the kids that went through this no one should have to to all mariahs siblings i hope yall r doing well and having nothing to do with amber may god bless yall and take care

  30. I am all too familiar with this terrible tragedy, having raised Mariah’s brother for some years. As for the “adults” in this sad situation, there are no innocent parties, and all of them are culpable to some extent-either for what they have done, or what they neglected to do. The ripple effect of what these “parents” did to their children echoes on today, and I pray for all of the innocence lost. I often think of you Mariah. We met only briefly, and we tried to contact you, finding that David had given us a fake phone number. My sincere prayers for healing for all of those inolved-much love.

  31. I use to babysit Mariah before they moved to West Virginia. I was friends with Amber my husband was friends with Dave. This was so sad to find out! Rest in peace sweet Mariah!

  32. My parents adopted Mariah’s brother that was put into CPS custody because of the neglect that David and Amber did to him. If it wasn’t for my parents adopting him and the people who stepped in to help him when he was baby to get him out of that hell hole he would have been in Mariah’s place and maybe David would have gotten away with it. My brother Andrew David Elder is now 24 years old and has become an amazing person. This subject about his sister is still rough on him to deal with at times.

    I thank god every day that my brother is alive because someone cared so much to help an innocent life and take him out of a situation where he could have died because his sperm donor didn’t want, love, or care about him enough to feed him or anything

    David isn’t a father or a dad. He doesn’t deserve those titles or any other title for that matter. He deserves to rot in hell for all the pain and trouble he has caused on his family!

    Mariah I am so sorry this happened to you, I wish someone would have made it in time to save you and took you out of that misery from that house. I know I never knew you or your family, but I’m glad I get to have your brother as my brother now. Rest Easy and watch over your brothers and sisters!!! 👼🙏

    1. Hello Amy,
      I never got to meet Andrew but had heard of him often enough growing up.
      Reading your words gives me such relief because he is obviously getting the LOVE and SUPPORT that he so much deserves. I am so sorry that he had to live with that MONSTER for even one second!
      The adults (Wilcox, Austin, and Keigley) involved in this horrifying tragedy are all to blame. Period. Harsh but true. Someway somehow they all had something to do with what happened to Mariah and Andrew. Only ones to suffer are the children- and believe me when I say- they have all suffered!!! Every single one of the children from this family has paid the price from the irresponsible adults-who points their finger back at the child- in this family. It’s shameful.
      I just hope that he has been able to put this all behind him and also meet the family he was taken away from.
      To all the children in this family who might eventually read this… I hope you too are able to get over your past and show your family that you are BETTER than what you were given in life. Don’t give up!!!!

  33. I whent to school wil Mariah and was a friend to her I think David should of got put on deth row that my thoughts Mariah was a good person he had no right kill her if he whated it to be a secret then he should of that her go to her aunts so know one would know pulse he should of rape her in the first place that he child in it wrong what he did no known one can bring her back I miss her

  34. I think it’s crazy that people still feel the need to put their uninformed comments on this thread. Andrew is not Amber’s child. If cps felt children were being abused in the household, why were two other children left in it? Andrew was born, I believe, almost three months early, which would have made it more difficult for him to gain weight at a normal rate. I was there frequently, and saw him being fed and taken care of. However, after he was taken away, and David was working out of state, Mariah and her other brother were not taken care of properly. I used to take care of them myself, at 11 years old, whenever I was allowed to go there. So, at that time, David was not at fault, but Mariah’s mother was. She lost custody of her kids, including Mariah, after David and her had split up and he didn’t even know until 3 years later, when he immediately began taking care of her. Things seemed to be going well until David met Amber and they moved to West Virginia. Amber despised Mariah, and anyone else she felt took David’s attention. Most of our family stayed away because of her; I know I did. She was cruel to Mariah when people were around, so I can’t imagine what it was like when they were alone. I have no idea what could possibly have led David to do what he did, but I feel without a doubt that Amber was involved with Mariah’s death and the attempt to cover it up. Her “punishment” was a joke, but nothing can change it now. David is where he should be, living with his actions for the rest of his life. Mariah is in a better place, where she suffers no more, but is missed every day by the family that loved her. Can’t everyone just leave it at that?

    1. As far as I know it goes Michael, Mariah, Andrew, and Kelsey. Yes, Andrew was born prematurely and given for adoption(as far as we were concerned growing up). Penny lost custody to her kids (Michael, Mariah, and Kelsey) to her sister Tina Wilcox -who had 3 kids of her own to raise. Michael was adopted by his biological dad who was a cop at the time in Ohio. Mariah…. just seemed to disappear… I think I remember something about her living with her grandmothers house (David’s parents)??? But Kelsey was raised with the Wilcox family… even calling Tina mom for years…. until Kelsey went back to Ohio to live with Penny permetly in 2002.

  35. Michael was about a year and a half old when Andrew was born. Andrew was just over a year when Mariah was born. Mariah was around two when Kelsey was born. Mariah wasn’t sent to anyone in our family, because no one knew Penny had lost custody until a couple years later. If we had known, someone would have gladly taken her to live with them. Her grandmother got a call from an older lady somehow related to Penny who lived in West Virginia, actually about five minutes down the road. The lady said she had been taking care of Mariah for around six months (?), but couldn’t anymore due to health issues with her husband or herself.

    1. As I said previously… Mariah just seemed to disappear when we were kids. Honestly never thought to even ask about her until I got wind of what David had done to her. All of my memories of her is when we were little. She was a brat (in a good way!!), and mostly quiet- observant. We were just kids… crazy… Which grandmother got the phone call about her?? David’s mom?? or Penny’s mom??? Who was Mariah with and how did she get there???

  36. Can we stop now let my sister rest in peace. Every time I get on here I see someone talking crap on some one. It’s annoying. Mariah is gone sadly. David is a monster and is where he belongs. Amber got off easy she should be locked up but she’s not. You all think it’s sooooooo sad well think of her family let it be done and let my sister be happy in heaven with her baby. I’m sure it wasn’t her time but god needed her. Move on y’all.

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