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November 7, 2012

NOTES: What was said in the press conference

(Continued)

GREENVILLE — Jessica Byrd, Alicia's aunt:

"It's a slow process, a headache, and the biggest nightmare is kind of closing. It's going to be a big headache for the family and community. It's a wakeup call to show our community how our police department that is supposed to serve and protect us treats us.

"I don't care how old or young someone is. I think they need to change that Amber Alert. If somebody is missing that should have been home, the police need to step up and reach out. Most of the time they're not going to stay in the town they were missing from. If they would have just given us their support to reach out to the counties that are not very far from here, I feel like my niece would be here today.

"I'm very close to her. I believe deep down in my heart she did not run away. She would have taken her jewelry and favorite clothes, and she would have nagged me for my flat irons and crinkle curls.

"I feel like I've been the investigator trying to get the word out. The department was lacking on that job.

"Something happened between the bus and the house.

"We have no idea who did this."

What would you say to someone watching this? "Please just call in, no matter how big or small it is, turn the information in"

"I'm hoping because it had to end like this, people will start speaking up. Please speak up. It's sad it had to end this way. Do your part. Even if you're the person who did it, turn yourself in or leave clues so somebody can reach out to you.

"Normally she would stay after school for the ACE program. If she did, she'd be home by 7 or 7:30. After 7:30, when the ACE bus didn't come, we started to worry and her mom started driving all over town to look for her.

"Last time to see her was Thursday night. I had to tell her she had a low grade, and I told her to pick that up, education is important. We were just watching TV like we always do as a family.

"She liked music. She wasn't a typical teenager who likes to go out and be around a lot of people. She likes to come home straight from school and be with herself."

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