By BRAD KELLAR
It has been four weeks since a Greenville teenager disappeared.
Alicia Chanta Moore, 16, was found murdered four days later.
What happened in between is still unclear and is the subject of a wide-ranging investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
Greenville Police Chief Daniel Busken addressed the case Thursday, noting he still could not comment on many facets of what remains an open and complex investigation.
“This is not a one hour crime show,” Busken said. “It is a crime novel with many chapters and we are still going through it chapter by chapter.”
A private reward fund which had been established in an effort to obtain information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever murdered Moore has been closed and the money returned to everyone who contributed. A memorial fund created to assist Moore’s family has also been closed and distributed.
Moore was last seen on the afternoon of November 2 getting off of a school bus at the intersection of Bourland and Walnut Streets in Greenville, about a half-block from her home. Her body was found November 6 along FM 47 in Van Zandt County.
The Greenville Police Department is reported to be working alongside the Hunt County District Attorney, Van Zandt County District Attorney, Texas Rangers, the FBI and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office in conducting the investigation.
Busken said it is still unknown whether Moore was abducted from the scene.
“We didn’t know initially and we still don’t have any evidence to say this was an abduction,” Busken said.
Busken said personnel from his department and all of the other agencies are working the case on a daily basis and that while results have come back from tests on some evidence in the case, results of additional tests are still pending.
“We still have people we need to interview as part of this investigation,” Busken said.
The investigation itself has also included Internet web sites, some of which Busken said are connected to Moore’s disappearance in some fashion.
“They end up leading us to other Internet sites that are pertinent to this case,” Busken explained.
Subpoenas have been requested to investigate the sites, he noted, a process which takes time.
“Some of the information is stored on sites outside of the country,” Busken said.
He continues to ask that anyone who may have any information concerning the case to contact the police department at 903-457-2900 or, to remain anonymous, Hunt County Crime Stoppers at 903-457-2929.
Hunt County Crime Stoppers has also posted a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Moore’s death.