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Family looking for answers in case of man who went missing
BY BRIAN BESCH
Nearly two months have passed with no leads or communication with Westley Moore, according to Moore's cousin Jessica Lester. "There has been so many different stories, honestly," Lester said. "As far as I know, (the Liberty County Sheriff's Department) has yet to contact us since the fi rst time. Family members have called the lead investigator each week to fi nd out if there is any new information. "We were three days ahead of the cops on where Westley was. We were fi rst dealing with Polk County and then they found out the last place he was seen was Liberty County, so it was transferred there a week and a half later. The last person who admits to have seen Moore told his family she picked him up Saturday, they stayed the night in Camilla and the next morning she dropped him off at Horseshoe Lakes. Moore's brother called to ask if there was a safe place she could take Moore. Lester said police tell her they have nothing else to go on as of right now. Police say they are still investigating and the case is active. The Liberty County Sheriff's Department told the family they could assist in the search for Moore, according to Lester. "So, we called Liberty County Saturday morning," Lester said. "They said, 'yeah, that's fi ne, just let us know what time you're going to be there and we'll send two offi cers out there to patrol while you're in the area. "Then, they transferred the case to missing persons in Liberty County. So, Saturday afternoon, Westley's other aunt and I went and fi led in Liberty County and they shut us down. They told us if they caught us anywhere around Liberty County asking any questions, looking anywhere for Wesley they would charge us with obstruction of justice. They said they didn't want anybody out there disturbing evidence." Last month, the Liberty County Sheriff's Offi ce website had the following information about the case: "A search is presently underway in the 6800 block of Outlaw Bend in the Big Thicket Retreat subdivision where the family of Westley Allen Moore, date of birth reported to be 12/21/82, reported him as missing since June 9 of this year. This search is a pipeline area where Polk County, Hardin County and Liberty County all merge together on their respective boundaries thus making exact jurisdiction diffi cult at this time. However, this search has started in Hardin County where Mr. Moore was last seen. At this writing, the three above sheriff's offi ces working with Texas EquuSearch and the Liberty County Sheriff Department's Mounted Posse in searching the length of this pipeline near the 6800 blk. of Outlaw Bend which will cross all three counties at one point or the other. The search began at approximately 10:45 a.m. this date and is in progress at this time. Westley Allen Moore is described as a white male, age approx. 32 years old, 5-foot, 6-inches, 230 lbs. with blue eyes and red hair. Identifi able marks: Tattoos of a bulldog on stomach, "Momma tried" inside right leg and "Jessica" on left arm. Anyone with information regarding Moore is asked to call the Sgt. Investigator Kenny Dagle at the Liberty County Sheriff Department at 936- 336-4500, the Hardin County Sheriff's Dept. at 409-246- 3441 or the Polk County Sheriff's Dept. at 936-327-6810." Attempts to reach the case's investigator were unsuccessful. A relative has also posted a reward for Moore's whereabouts. "To anyone with information on Westley Moore's whereabouts, I will pay $4,000 cash and $1,000 from Crime Stoppers. I will collect the money from Crime Stoppers for you. You will not need to have contact with the police. This does not have to result in the conviction of anyone, just Westley's whereabouts. Those who have information are asked to call 936-685-2394 or 936-223- 2380." Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff's Offi ce have publicized the initial attempt to locate, but advised reporters that they had no jurisdiction to join search efforts in the area where Moore was reportedly last seen.