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06/16/03

Buckner Hearing Delayed

It has been more than a month now since police found the body of 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore. It was on June 16 that Bobby Buckner, the last person to see Ashleigh alive, was supposed to be in court. And while he was not present on his court date, Ashleigh's mother, Michelle Moore, was. She wanted to see what would happen to Buckner.

Police arrested Buckner shortly after Ashleigh was reported missing. He has still not been charged with murder, however, even after officials found Ashleigh's body. Since no one has yet been charged, many people wonder if the police are doing enough.

Bucky Burnsed, an officer in the Savannah Police Department, says reassuringly, "It is of extreme importance to the Savannah Police Department to see it go forward and come to fruition."

But for a case that has caught the interest of the entire community, it seems this investigation has not caught any new leads. At this point, Buckner appears to be the most likely suspect in the case.

Burnsed comments, "We have not named Buckner as a suspect, we have certainly named him as a particular person of interest."

As the public grows anxious for a verdict, Burnsed urges people to be patient, "While we understand the frustration, what we would say to any one is be patient with us. We are working the case. Just because it's kind of dropped off the scene right now, doesn't mean we've stopped working it."

The judge has pushed Buckner's hearing back until August 4. Police are still not naming any suspects in Ashleigh's murder.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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