Trauma was inflicted on a teenage girl whose body was found Tuesday inside a storage trunk on a rural road in Van Zandt County east of Dallas, officials said Wednesday.
Alicia Chanta Moore, 16, was identified by the Dallas County medical examiner. She was last seen getting off a school bus in Greenville, The Associated Press reported.
A road crew on Tuesday found her body in a trunk sitting on a farm-to-market road near Wills Point, which is about 35 miles south of Greenville.
Greenville Police Chief Dan Busken said during a news conference Wednesday that Moore’s body suffered trauma and that her death is being investigated as a homicide by the Greenville police, Texas Rangers and Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department.
But investigators did not specify what type of trauma, and they did not have a suspect on Wednesday.
According to broadcast news reports, Busken said that an Amber Alert was not issued because Moore’s disappearance had not met the criteria necessary to issue the alert. For example, officers did not know for sure that she was abducted.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us with this investigation," said Busken in an article from NBCdfw. "We have received many tips from the community and we hope those tips continue to come in ... we must have cooperation from the community to do our jobs."
Greg Janda and Randy McIlwain contributed to the NBC 5 report. Read it here.