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Case File 57DFTX

Left: Trlica in 1974; Right: Age-progressed image of Trlica at age 47 (circa 2005)

Mary Rachel Trlica
Missing since December 23, 1974 from Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: November 15, 1957
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'6; 108 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown/dark blonde hair; green eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: A small scar on her chin. She is left-handed.
  • AKA: Rachel Trlica, Mary Rachel Arnold
  • Dentals: Available. She has a chipped upper front tooth.
  • DNA: Available in CODIS.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Trlica was last seen at the Seminary South Shopping Center on December 23, 1974. She was accompanied by Lisa Renee Wilson and Julie Ann Moseley. The three girls were Christmas shopping.
    Rachelís car was found in the parking lot that evening with wrapped presents on the backseat floorboard.
    A few days later, a letter from Rachel arrived at the home of her husband, Thomas.
    "I know I'm going to catch it, but we just had to get away. We're going to Houston. See you in about a week. The car is in Sear's upper lot. Love Rachel."
    The letter was written by a right-handed person when Rachel was left-handed. Handwriting experts are uncertain who wrote the letter, their tests inconclusive. While initially the letter was thought to have been mailed from Eliasville in Young County, the U.S. Postal Service has determined that it was mailed in Fort Worth.

    If you have any information on Trlica's whereabouts, please contact:
    Fort Worth Police Department

    You may remain anonymous if you wish when submitting information.

    Agency Case Number: 87481853

    NCMEC #: NCMC601926

    NCIC Number:
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Missing Trio
    Texas Missing Persons Clearinghouse

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