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57DFTX - Mary Rachel Trlica

Mary Rachel Trlica

Name: Mary Rachel Trlica
Case Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Missing Since: December 23, 1974
Location Last Seen: Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas

Physical Description

Date of Birth: November 15, 1957
Age: 17 yrs old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 108 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Nickname/Alias: Rachel/Mary Rachel Arnold
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Small scar on her chin.


Dentals: Available; Chipped upper front tooth.
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Wedding ring.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

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.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Fort Worth Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Ernie Pate
Agency Phone Number: 817-335-4222
Agency E-Mail:
Agency Case Number: 87481853

NCIC Case Number: M265980786
NamUs Case Number: 6744
NCMEC Case Number: 601926

Information Source(s)

Texas Missing Persons Clearinghouse
Fort Worth Police

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 7/15/2017

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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