Uncle arrested in murder of North Texas teen

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by RYAN WOOD / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

GREENVILLE, Texas –– The uncle of a 16-year-old Greenville girl who was killed and left in a trunk last November has been arrested by sheriff's deputies for her death, family members say. 

Moore disappeared after getting off her school bus at about 3:25 p.m. on Nov. 2. Her body was found four days later inside a trunk left along a rural road.

Relatives told WFAA's Rebecca Lopez they are "in shock" knowing that Moore's uncle has been arrested in connection with the girl's murder. After authorities found her body, the teen's family expressed disgust that investigators did not issue an Amber Alert. 

Van Zandt County initially classified Moore as a runaway, citing interviews with her mother who said she had "done this before but never stayed gone this long." The missing persons report also stated that "during the summer she befriended an older adult male and may have done it again." 

The case eventually gained national headlines and prompted a $25,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction. 

Last week, about a dozen family members and friends gathered on Moore's street as rain lightly fell to mark the six months since she went missing. Her family said the vigil was a way to ensure that her case wouldn't go cold. 

The Moore family is expected to hold a news conference later Tuesday to discuss the arrest.

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