Reward offered as investigation into Greenville girl's murder continues

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by REBECCA LOPEZ and STEVE STOLER

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Posted on November 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 11:18 PM

GREENVILLE -- Police are still looking for a suspect in Alicia Moore's murder case after an emotional vigil for the slain teen Wednesday night.

A construction worker found 16-year-old Alicia Moore's body in a trunk by the side of the road in Wills Point Tuesday. She initially went missing last Friday afternoon after getting of her school bus.

"As a community, we've got to stand together to fight for Alicia," said a tearful Aletha Holland, as she visited a memorial where the girl disappeared.  "Whoever did this, needs to pay for what they did to her."

The Greenville Police Department's investigation into Alicia Moore's disappearance and murder is widening. While they haven't identified any suspects, they are talking to people with ties to the girl.

Police say Moore's mother made allegations her daughter was sexually assaulted earlier this year by Terry Dwayne Ramsire, 49. However, Ramsire was arrested on August 23 and has been in Hunt County Jail since.

Police also arrested a man on an unrelated domestic violence warrant from Hunt County. Police say he's among several questioned about the case, but was not arrested in Moore's murder.

There has been growing tension in the community about who committed the murder and how police handled the case.

Reverend Philip Williams thinks race and where Moore lived played into a slow police response. Police waited three days before alerting the public about her disappearance.

"It doesn't matter what neighborhood you stay in, this was a child -- this should have never happened, and they should of done something better," Williams said. "So therefore, yes. Race did play a part."

The family told News 8 the first time police had been through Alicia's room to look for possible clues was Thursday.

"I'm glad somebody besides me and our family feels my frustration, my pain," said Jessica Byrd, Alicia Moore's aunt.

The Greenville Chapter of the NAACP released a statement Thursday saying they received a commitment from Greenville Police Chief Daniel Busken that the city and police department will conduct a step-by-step investigation into it's response to Alicia Moore's disappearance.

News 8 reported a second similar case in Greenville in January where a child said she was almost kidnapped near a bus stop. The district put out a media alert in that case, but never issued any alerts in Alicia Moore's case until Wednesday.

Greenville ISD Superintendent Donald Jefferies said it's because the family waited a few hours to report her missing. The district tried to track down the girl using her school-issued iPad's tracking app Saturday, but it had apparently been disabled.

"Urgently, we did respond," Jefferies said."We had an investigation going Saturday. So, we did."

"But you didn't post anything on your website?" asked News 8's Rebecca Lopez.

"No, but I mean -- so what?" Jefferies replied.

Marc Cobb, the owner of Kids R Kids of West McKinney, and Eugene Knies, the owner of Greenville Chrysler, have offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Additionally, they began a memorial fund for Alicia's family. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Alicia Moore Reward Fund or the Alicia Moore Memorial Fund can send checks to 9070 Westridge Blvd, McKinney, TX, 75070.

Greenville police are refusing to answer any further questions about Alicia Moore's case at this time.

Meanwhile fear is growing in the Greenville neighborhood where Moore went missing.

"The bad thing about it is nobody can find her murderer," said Greenville parent Candice Hawkins. "So where are these people?  What's going to happen to the next child that gets off the bus?"

Another parent, Sherill Ellison, was also worried about his kids playing in the area near the bus stop.

"It's a big concern" Ellison said. "I only live three blocks away. My kids come through here all the time, going to their friends' houses."

The autopsy report is complete and the medical examiner knows the cause of death, but that remains confidential for now, as it is an important part of the investigation.

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