PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A man who is considered a “person of interest” in the disappearance of a Pike County teenager says he had nothing to do with her death.
Sky McDonough of Milford made his first court appearance Tuesday since the death of his girlfriend earlier this year.
State police say 17-year-old Leanna Walker left her home in Dingman Township with McDonough on April 18th.
She was found dead several weeks later.
While McDonough has not been charged with her death at this time, court documents indicate investigators are suspicious of him.
As he was led into a magistrate’s office near Hawley Tuesday, Sky McDonough admitted he was with Leanna Walker when she disappeared in April but he says he never hurt her.
“She ran away with me,” McDonough said.
When asked what happened after that, McDonough said, “We went to the llama farm and then afterwards I went to get a check and I got caught by police. I don’t know what happened to her.”
When asked if he hurt Leanna Walker, McDonough simply replied, “no.”
Roughly a month after the 17-year-old girl went missing her remains were found on the llama farm in Milford Township.
Prosecutors have classified the case as a homicide investigation but haven’t said much else.
State police have called McDonough a “person of interest” in Walker’s disappearance but at this point he has not been charged in her death in any way.
“The investigation is ongoing and we want to make a through and complete investigation in that case,” Ray Tonkin, Pike County District Attorney said.
As he left court, McDonough was as talkative as he was going in, speculating on who may be responsible.
“She was hanging out with bad boys, heroin,” McDonough said.
State police say when he was first caught, McDonough told them he’d take them to where they had been camping in the woods but he only led them in circles and didn’t help them find her at all.
“She had some other guys she was with,” McDonough told Eyewitness News.
When asked if those guys could be responsible for Walker’s death, McDonough said, “I believe so.”
Sky McDonough is being held on escape and resisting arrest charges that are not directly related to Leanna Walker’s disappearance.
His bail is set at $250,000 in Pike County.
State police say McDonough previously had worked at the llama farm where Walker’s remains were discovered.