FORT WORTH — Mary Rachel Trlica, Lisa Renee Wilson and Julie Moseley went Christmas shopping with a promise to their parents that they would return home before dark.
They never came back.
Today, it's been 35 years since their families last saw the young girls and there are still no leads on them.
But this week the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va. and Fort Worth police again appealed for the public's help in locating the girls who were last seen on Dec. 23, 1974 at the Seminary South shopping center.
Witnesses told police that they saw the 17-year-old Trlica, Trlica’s 14-year-old friend, Wilson, and Moseley, 9, at businesses in the shopping center. Police even found the girl's car at the shopping center parking lot.
The morning after the girls disappeared, a letter arrived at the Trlicas’ residence, addressed to Thomas A. Trlica, Rachel’s husband.
The name Rachel was written in the upper left corner of the envelope.
The letter stated that the girls had gone to Houston and would return in about a week. It also give directions to the Trlicas’ car in the shopping center parking lot.
Authorities have never determined who wrote the letter.
Staff Writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. reports.