VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas -- A body found in a storage-box-style trunk Tuesday along FM 47 has been identified as a 16-year-old teen reported missing by her family Friday in Greenville.
Authorities with the Greenville police confirmed Tuesday the body was an African American female. Wednesday morning, it was confirmed the body was identified as Alicia Chanta Moore, who was last seen as she exited a school bus Friday afternoon.
The body was discovered by construction workers Tuesday morning four miles north of Wills Point. According to Van Zandt County Sheriff Pat Burnett, the body had not been there long.
The Texas Rangers, the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, the Greenville Police Department, the Hunt County District Attorney and the Van Zandt County District Attorney are conducting a joint investigation.
News 8 spoke to Moore's family Tuesday afternoon and they said Greenville police asked for the girl's dental records Tuesday.
"It was just a shock," said Jessica Byrd, Alicia Moore's aunt. "We broke down a little bit, but we're holding on, trying to wait for answers."
Her family described Alicia as shy and quiet. She usually got off the bus around 3:25 p.m. Security cameras on board the bus captured Alicia getting off the bus on Friday, but she never made it home.
Greenville police released a picture of Moore Monday, but said the case did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, so one was not issued.
The body will go to Dallas County Medical Examiner's officer for an autopsy.