Greenville police confirmed Wednesday that the body found dumped in a trunk on the side of a highway in Van Zandt County is that of 16-year-old Alicia Moore.
The teen disappeared Friday afternoon when she stepped off the school bus near her house in Greenville, surveillance cameras showed.
But the girl never showed up at home. Saturday morning, Greenville ISD tried to locate her school-issued iPad, but found the device had been reset.
Tuesday afternoon, construction workers along Highway 47, about four miles from Wills Point, found what appeared to be a trunk or other container on the side of the road, about 40 miles from where Alicia disappeared. They discovered a body inside
Wednesday morning, the Dallas County Medical Examiner confirmed the remains belonged to Alicia.
Police said Wednesday that she had suffered "trauma" to her body but did not provide details, nor a cause of death. They also did not say where the girl had been killed.
Grief counselors and extra staff are at Greenville High School, police said.
Family members questioned why an Amber Alert was not issued for Alicia when she was reported missing but police said the case did not meet the criteria for issuing an alert. For example, police said, they had no confirmation that Alicia had been abducted and hadn't simply run away.
The Hunt County District Attorney, Greenville police department, Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case.
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