Three Child Protective Services workers were arrested Tuesday in connection with an investigation into the murder of a teenager in 2012. The arrests include a supervisor, a case worker and a retired investigator.
Laura Ard, Natalie Reynolds and Rebekah Ross are charged with official oppression and tampering with evidence. Some of those charges are reportedly related to the Alicia Moore murder investigation.
The body of the 16-year-old Moore was found along a road near Canton in Van Zandt County in Nov. 2012. Moore had disappeared four days earlier after getting off a school bus in Greenville, which is in Hunt County.
Alicia Moore's family said they only dealt with CPS last summer after Alicia was sexually assaulted.
They said CPS was never involved in her disappearance or murder in November. However, Hunt County Sheriff's Deputies still arrested the three women for tampering with evidence.
CPS confirms Ard was CPS's Investigative Program Director in the Greenville office. She was hired in 1992 and retired this past March.
CPS records show Natalie Reynolds, 33, was hired in 2002 and worked as an Investigative Supervisor. She's charged with oppression and tampering or fabricating evidence with a $40,000 bond.
Alicia Moore's aunt tells FOX4 she dealt with Reynolds trying to get a copy of a report related to Alicia's sexual assault case last summer. She believes these arrests are only related to that case, not the murder case.
"I don't have no problem with them. They did what they could do. My main focus is trying to find see what's going to happen with her murder. I mean, if my uncle, if they have more evidence that shows that he did it. I'm not even thinking about this."
Moore's uncle, Michael Vincent Moore, 57, was arrested and charged with capital murder in the case.
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