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November 7, 2012

NOTES: What was said in the press conference

GREENVILLE — The following are notes from Wednesday's press conference about the murder of Greenville teenager Alicia Moore:

Dan Busken, police chief:

"There was trauma to her body discovered during the autopsy. The cause of death is still pending until the autopsy results are complete. It is a homicide investigation.

"The Van Zandt County sheriff, Texas Rangers and Greenville Police Department will be cooperating in the investigation.

Why Amber Alert not issued: "There are specific criteria that must be met to activate an Amber Alert. At no time were those criteria met. We have already received numerous tips from the community and appreciate the support we have received so far. We encourage anyone to contact the Greenville Police Department at 903-457-2900 or contact CrimeStoppers at 903-457-2929."

"We have to gather information before we can release information. All I can tell you at this point is we have to verify things and act on the information that we receive. Early on we had a very limited amount of information that we had to deal with. As we went throughout this weekend we compiled more information. As of Monday morning we were at a point where we were able to release photographs. We were able to obtain the most recent photograph, her school photograph, that I think was taken just two or three weeks ago."

"The Amber Alert was something we contemplated throughout the weekend. We have not developed enough information, even up to this point, that would have warranted an Amber Alert.

"There are specific criteria that have to be met: Four questions that you have to answer yes to in order to even send your info to Austin so they can contemplate an Amber Alert.

"Law enforcement has to be able to say or must have determined that there was an actual abduction that took place. At the time when we were contemplating it this weekend, Monday, even up until now we can not say for certain that Alicia was abducted.

"We've got a lot of leads to track down. No determination has been made as of yet as to where specifically any of the crimes associated with this may have been committed.

On online chats: "Those are things we're following up on. A lot of teenagers are very active with social media and things that are going on online. Were taking a look at all of that through the course of our investigation."

"I don't know the time of death. We have not been provided that yet from the medical examiner's office."

Is it true she was initially classified as a runaway? "I can't specifically say whether she was classified as a runaway or a missing person. A lot of times those two terms are synonymous in our classifications. I know some of the initial information we received in the police report indicated this may have been something that happened before. We're still investigating that and trying to come up with answers."

"Some of the information reported by the media is accurate. Some is not completely accurate. There is a box that's associated with this investigation. I'm not at liberty to give a lot of details about that, but that is certainly something that we are looking at and will be a key point of our investigation.

"We've got a lot of work ahead of us with this investigation. I mentioned early on and I want to repeat it: We have received many, many tips from the community. We're hoping those tips continue to come in. We are only as good as our most recent information, and it's even more evident in a case like this. We must have cooperation from the community in order for us to do our jobs. Hopefully we will have more information to release fairly soon.

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