Fort Worth girls still missing 39 years later

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by JIM DOUGLAS / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 9:05 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas — Faces of three girls who appeared on posters in 1974 now smile from computer screens.

They're still missing in the 21st century.

"When I get leads off our website, MissingTrio.com, I take them and give them straight to the police," said Rusty Arnold.

Arnold's sister, 17-year-old Rachel Trlica, drove to the mall at Seminary Drive and Interstate 35W in Fort Worth 39 years ago.

She took 14-year-old Renee Wilson and nine-year-old Julie Ann Moseley with her for some Christmas shopping.

They never came home.

"There's somebody out there who knows something," Rusty Arnold said. "There's just no doubt about that. There's somebody out there who knows something."

That belief was reinforced by Monday's dramatic escape of three Cleveland women who had apparently been held captive for about a decade.

"Just totally shocked me," Arnold said as he watched the Cleveland drama unfold on TV. "And then I get on the news and I see it. You just can't imagine the chill bumps, man. It's unbelievable."

But the ordeal of those women confirms the worst imaginings for Rusty Arnold and other loved ones of the missing Fort Worth girls.

"Ten years is horrible," he said. "Thirty-nine? You almost hope they're dead so they didn't have to go through all that."

After all this time, he said police still chase down sporadic leads. He talks often with detectives.

"Because of all the different stories we're getting, all the different leads," Arnold said. "We've got somebody saying they're alive over here, and somebody saying they buried them over there."

And now, three women who vanished as girls in Ohio raise a tiny bit of hope that just maybe, someday, there will be answers... if not reunions.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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