A body found in a trunk along a remote stretch of Texas highway has been positively identified as that of missing Greenville teen Alicia Chanta Moore, police said.
A construction crew discovered Moore’s body at about 12 p.m. Tuesday in a furniture trunk along Highway 47. The body, police said, was transported to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for the positive identification.
Moore’s body was found in Van Zandt County, about 40 miles away from Greenville where the 16-year-old disappeared. Moore was last seen Friday afternoon when she got off the school bus.
According to Greenville Police Chief Dan 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.
Authorities said they interviewed Moore’s friends and teachers. The school district’s technology department also attempted to trace the location of Moore’s school-issued iPad, however officials said the device had been reset and was untraceable.
Lori Philyaw, public information officer for the city of Greenville, Texas, told The Huffington Post authorities did not issue an Amber Alert for Moore because the case “did not fit the criteria.”