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    Julie Moseley (9), Lisa Wilson (14), Mary Rachel Trlica (17) - Fort Worth TX, 1974

    Julie Moseley
    Missing Since: December 23, 1974 from Fort Worth, Texas
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: April 5, 1965
    Age: 9 years old
    Height and Weight: 4'3, 85 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Moseley has scars under her left eye, on the middle of her forehead and on the back of her calf.

    Lisa Wilson
    Missing Since: December 23, 1974 from Fort Worth, Texas
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: August 29, 1960
    Age: 14 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'2, 110 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair with reddish highlights, brown eyes. Wilson has a scar on her thigh. She is addressed by her middle name, Renee.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: Red and white sneakers and a pale yellow/green t-shirt with "Sweet Honesty" imprinted on the front

    Mary Trlica
    Missing Since: December 23, 1974 from Fort Worth, Texas
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: November 15, 1957
    Age: 17 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'6, 108 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown to blonde hair, green/blue eyes. Trlica is addressed by her middle name, Rachel. Her upper front tooth is chipped. She has a small scar on her chin. Her maiden name is Arnold. She is left-handed

    Details of Disappearance

    Moseley accompanied her family's friend Lisa Renee Wilson and Wilson's friend Mary Rachel Trlica for a day of Christmas shopping at the Seminary South Shopping Center (now known as the Fort Worth Town Center) on December 23, 1974. Moseley and Trlica had never met before the shopping trip.

    Moseley lived across the street from Wilson's grandmother's house, where Wilson was spending the late morning hours of December 23. Wilson was dating Moseley's older brother Terry at the time. The girls asked Terry to accompany them shopping, but he decided to visit a friend instead and they allowed Julie to tag along after she received permission from her mother.

    The three girls departed before 12:00 p.m. and arrived at the Army/Navy Store to retrieve Christmas presents that were on layaway. They then headed to the Seminary South Shopping Center, parking the Trlicas' Oldsmobile on the upper parking level near Sears. Witnesses informed authorities that they had seen the three girls inside the mall during the day. Authorities believe that they returned to the car at some point during the afternoon, but what happened to them afterwards remains a mystery. The Oldsmobile was discovered locked in the lot with the presents still inside when the vehicle was located at approximately 6:00 p.m. that evening. There was no sign of the girls.

    One witness claimed she observed the three girls being 'hustled' into a pickup truck by unidentified men the day they vanished. Another witness came forward in 1981 (seven years following their disappearances) and stated he saw an unidentified male forcing a girl into a van in the mall's lot. When the witness approached them, the man told him it was a "family dispute" and asked him to "stay out of it." Neither of these stories has been verified by authorities.

    Police initially assumed that the girls had run away of their own volition. Their families, however, insisted otherwise. A letter arrived at the Trlicas' residence on the morning of December 24, 1974 -- the day after the girls were last seen. It was addressed to Thomas, Rachel's husband, and the name "Rachel" was written in the upper left corner of the envelope. The letter stated,

    I know I'm going to catch it, but we just had to get away. We're going to Houston {Texas}. See you in about a week. The car is in Sear's {sic} upper lot. Love Rachel.
    The letter had been written on a sheet of paper that was wider than the envelope in what was termed a "childish scrawl." The original loop for the the letter "L" in Rachel's name was short and appeared to be a lowercase "e." The letter writer had gone over it to make it appear more like a lowercase "L." Rachel's mother and her husband never believed she was the letter's author; Rachel called her husband "Tommy" and the address clearly stated "Thomas A. Trlica," a formality which Rachel rarely bothered using.
    In addition, there was no city name on the postmark; only a blurry Postal Service number: 76083. The "3" appears to be printed backwards, leading one private investigator to believe that the last two numbers of the postmark were hand-loaded in a stamp. If the stamper indeed erred and the final two numbers are supposed to be "38", the letter was stamped in Eliasville, Texas. If the numbers were "88", the letter was postmarked from Weatherford, Texas.
    Handwriting experts' tests on the letter have been inconclusive as to date. The author of the letter remains unknown. Thomas retrieved the letter out of their mailbox himself and stated that he thought it was sealed. The ten-cent stamp on the letter had been cancelled the morning it arrived at their residence (December 24, 1974).
    Through the years, the families of the three missing girls have struggled to deal with claims that the girls' bodies were in different places throughout Texas (none of these claims have panned out). The families hired Jon Swaim, a private investigator, in 1975 after frustrations with the police investigation. Swaim committed suicide in 1979 and his records were destroyed, but it is unclear if he uncovered any legitimate information concerning the case.

    Rachel's brother Rusty Arnold located private investigator Dan James in 1999, a man who maintains he has never received any financial compensation for his work on the case. James and Rusty believe witness reports that Rachel and Wilson were seen alive in the initial days following their 1974 disappearance at stores and a gas station. They now believe that both Wilson and Moseley are deceased, but that Rachel is alive and being "kept" from visiting the Fort Worth area by person(s) unnamed. James does claim that several 'credible' witnesses reported seeing Rachel in the Fort Worth area during the Christmas holidays as recently as 1998, however. James and Rusty also believe that the unidentified person(s) are maintaining efforts to keep Rachel cloistered away. They refuse to detail their evidence (if any) supporting these claims. It is worth noting that James began offering a $25,000 reward to any person whose information about the case leads to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party (or parties) in December 1999. James is also one of the sponsors of the Web site MissingTrio.com, a site that offers information and news updates on the missing girls' case.

    In April 2001, KXAS NBC-5 in Texas reported that a witness came forward and told Fort Worth Police investigators that he saw the three girls inside a pickup truck with a young male security guard from Seminary South Shopping Center at approximately 11:30 p.m. on the evening of their disappearance. The witness stated that the girls seemed relaxed and were in the vehicle 'willingly.' The witness said he contacted the authorities a few days following the girls' disappearance, but that investigators failed to follow through with his lead until April 2001. Authorities told reporters that they located the security guard who was idenitified by the witness, but that the man denied the girls were in his truck on the evening of December 23, 1974. Detectives went on to state that they are actively looking at five suspects and also utilizing DNA testing in their investigation. Police officials have said that they now believe the girls left the mall with an individual that they trusted and were harmed afterwards.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fort Worth Police Department
    Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
    Texas Department Of Public Safety


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    Discuss Julie, Lisa, and Rachel's case here:

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