By Brad Kellar and Caleb Slinkard
• Press Conference
• Statement from GISD
The Greenville Police Department has confirmed that the body found Tuesday in Van Zandt County is that of missing Greenville teenager Alicia Moore.
Two memorial ceremonies in Moore's honor have been scheduled, one this evening and one Sunday afternoon.
At a press conference held at the Greenville Police Department this afternoon, GPD Chief of Police Dan Busken released few details. He did confirm that the incident has been classified as a homicide and Moore's body did have signs of trauma. GPD is waiting on a full autopsy report before they can release cause of death. Busken could not confirm that Moore's body was found in a tool box, although he did say that a box was a key part of the investigation.
Friends and family members expressed disappointment with the speed at which GPD handled the investigation. Moore was initially reported missing Friday evening. Busken could not confirm that Moore was abducted or that she knew her alleged attacker, either personally or via social networks.
Busken said that an Amber Alert was not issued due to there having been no indication, even up until the press conference, that Moore had been abducted.
A memorial ceremony is scheduled at 6 p.m. at the corner of Bourland and Walnut Streets, where Moore was reported to have been dropped off, and another is scheduled at noon Saturday at Graham Park, at which time a march of support will be conducted between the park and the intersection.
GISD Superintendent Don Jefferies expressed his sympathy for the family and said that the school district began their own investigation after they were notified of Moore's disappearence late Saturday morning. According to Jefferies, bus video shows Moore exiting the schoool bus at the corner of Bourland and Walnut Streets, approximately half of a block from her house. According to her aunt Jessica Byrd, Moore never arrived at the house.
The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers and the Greenville Police Department are cooperating in the ongoing investigation.
Greenville ISD released the following statement about Moore's death:
Greenville ISD was alerted on Saturday, November 3rd that a Greenville High School student was reported missing by her family on the evening of November 2, 2012. Earlier today we learned from the Greenville Police Department that a body discovered in Van Zandt County yesterday was that of the GISD student.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the student’s family and friends during this tragic time.
When GISD was informed that the student did not return home after getting off of the school bus, we provided the Greenville Police Department with the video tape from the high school and the bus, showing that the student got on the bus at the high school and got off of the bus safely at her stop. Please know we have not received any notice and do not have any evidence of predators near our schools or buses. That being said, it is paramount that we remember to stay alert for any strange or suspicious person around our schools and buses. Please remind your children to be vigilant as they go to and from school. Our bus drivers are highly trained to stay alert and constantly scan their surroundings.
Counselors and staff will be on hand to speak with and comfort any students in need. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kelli Tharp, Director of Community Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-457-2521.