Laura Ard, Natalie Reynolds and Rebekah Ross were arrested in connection with the investigation of the November death of Alicia Moore (Source: WFAA)
One current and one former Child Protective Services worker have been arrested on charges related to the investigation of the murder of Alicia Moore, the Greenville teen found dead in a trunk last November. A third woman was also jailed on similar charges.
According to WFAA, Natalie Reynolds, 33 is charged with three counts of official oppression and one count of tampering or fabricating physical evidence. She is being held on $40,000 bond.
Rebekah Ross and Laura Ard are also in jail. The Hunt County Sheriff's Department says Ard, 60, is charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence, while Ross is charged with two counts of tampering or fabricating evidence and three counts of official oppression. Ross is being held on $50,000 bond.
Patrick Crimmins, the chief spokesman for CPS, said Reynolds has worked as an investigative supervisor with the department since June 2002. Ard was hired in September 1992 as an investigative program director. She retired in March.
The indictments are currently sealed, which limits the details authorities can release.
Crimmins said CPS was unaware of the arrests and the he first learned of them in a report in the Greenville Herald-Banner.
16-year-old Alicia Moore of Greenville was found stuffed in a trunk in rural Van Zandt County on November 6, 2012. Police charged her uncle, Michael Moore, in the crime after a six month investigation. He was not arrested until May despite being linked to his niece's rape and murder in January by DNA evidence.