Body Found in Trunk Left on Roadway

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    A construction worker found a body inside a trunk off the side of Farm-to-Market 47 near the town of Wills Point. (Published Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012)

    Van Zandt County deputies are investigating the death of a person whose body was found along a highway near Wills Point.

    A construction worker found the body in a trunk off the side of Farm-to-Market 47 near a bridge railing, four miles north of the town of Wills Point, at about noon.

    Sheriff Pat Burnett would not confirm the victim's gender or age but said the victim was not an infant.

    Burnett would not say if the manner of death was obvious to investigators, but he did say the body is in one piece inside the container.

    The family of a missing Greenville teenager said police told them the body is that of a black female.

    Alicia Chanta Moore, 16, was last seen getting off a school bus Friday afternoon at the corner of Bourland and Walnut streets. Moore is black.

    Her family said the medical examiner had called to ask about her orthodontist so her dental records could be checked as investigators try to determine the identity of the body found in Van Zandt County.

    Texas Rangers were called to Van Zandt County to assist with the case of the found body, and the district attorney was called to the scene.

    The roadway was shut down while deputies investigated.

    NBC 5's Lindsay Wilcox contributed to this report.