Authorities are hoping a reward offer will bring new leads in the case of a 16-year-old girl who was murdered, placed in a trunk and dumped along a remote stretch of Texas highway in November.
According to the Greenville Police Department and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, a $25,000 reward fund has been established for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the homicide of Alicia Moore.
The Hunt County District Attorney’s Office, the Van Zandt County District Attorney’s office, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, Hunt County Crime Stoppers, and Xerox have each contributed $5,000 toward the reward fund, authorities told The Huffington Post.
“If there’s someone out there that may have held back on something, we’re hopeful this will stimulate them to contact Crime Stoppers and provide the information,” Greenville Police Chief Dan Busken said. “We also believe there may be people out there that have information that might be helpful.”
A construction crew discovered Moore's body on Nov. 6 in a furniture trunk along state Highway 47 in Van Zandt County. The remains were found about 40 miles from Greenville, where the 16-year-old disappeared.
The body, police said, appears to have suffered trauma, though police won’t comment on the exact cause of death.
Moore was last seen on Nov. 2, 2012, when she got off the school bus.
According to Busken, officials at Greenville Independent School District reviewed campus surveillance-camera footage that showed Moore safely exit the bus at 3:25 p.m. Friday, near her home at the corner of Bourland and Walnut streets. What happened to the teen after her drop-off remains a mystery.
Months before Moore was killed, her mother told police that 49-year-old Terry Dwayne Ramsire abused her daughter, according to police. Ramsire was charged with sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact, according to a city spokesperson. He's being held in the Hunt County Jail on $70,000 bond. However, Ramsire was in jail at the time of Moore's disappearance, and homicide has not named a suspect or person of interest in her death.
The Huffington Post does not typically identify victims of alleged sexual assault, however Moore's identity was revealed to the media before the sexual assault allegations were made public.
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Police have released two new pictures they hope will lead to clues in the murder of Alicia Moore. The surveillance photos (the first seen here) show a dark-colored Chrysler or Dodge vehicle, possibly a minivan, directly behind the school bus as Moore gets off on Nov. 2, 2012, at about 3:25 p.m. Police are hoping someone can identify the driver of that vehicle as a potential witness.
Police have released two new pictures they hope will lead to clues in the murder of Alicia Moore. The surveillance photos (the second seen here) show a dark-colored Chrysler or Dodge vehicle, possibly a minivan, directly behind the school bus as Moore gets off on Nov. 2, 2012, at about 3:25 p.m. Police are hoping someone can identify the driver of that vehicle as a potential witness.
A video still from surveillance camera footage taken of Alicia Moore as she exits her school bus on Nov. 2, 2012. What happened to the teen after she was dropped off roughly one block from her home remains a mystery.
A missing-person flyer distributed about the teen, who has since been found murdered.
The body of 16-year-old Alicia Moore was discovered on Nov. 6, 2012, in a trunk along Highway 47 in Texas.
In the months before the November murder of Alicia Moore, a 49-year-old man was accused of sexually assaulting the Texas teen, according to Greenville police. Terry Dwayne Ramsire, of Greenville, Texas, was arrested on Aug. 23, 2012, for sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact. According to a city spokesperson, Ramsire has been incarcerated since the date of his arrest at the Hunt County Jail. He is being held on a $70,000 bond, the spokesperson said.
Tobias Whetstone, of Hunt County, Texas, has been taken into custody on an outstanding family violence warrant. According to NBC 5, Whetstone was questioned by police about Alicia Moore's disappearance prior to his arrest.
An undated family photo of Alicia Moore.
According to police, detectives are treating Alicia Moore's case as a homicide. The Texas teenager appeared to have suffered trauma wounds, although the exact cause of her death has not yet been determined, police said. Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 903-457-2900.
Authorities have released few other details about the case. According to Busken, investigators are waiting for forensic test results, which could yield more clues.
"If you know something, please -- just to help give the family closure -- just do the right thing. That's all we ask. There's money out there. Some people say money talks. Hey, this is your chance," said Moore's aunt Jessica Byrd.
Anyone with information about the death of Alicia Moore is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at (903) 457-2900 or Hunt County Crime Stoppers at (903) 457-2929. People who wish to remain anonymous can contact Hunt County Crime Stoppers at Huntcountycrimestoppers.com for information on how to submit a tip online.