In an effort to uncover more answers about Texas’ second-oldest missing persons case, a team of divers and volunteers on Saturday fished out a 44-year-old car from the bottom of a lake, according to reports.
The vehicle was the second one recovered from Benbrook Lake, a body of water located roughly 8 miles from the shopping center a trio of teenage girls were last seen back in 1974, over the last few months, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
However, nothing of note was found in either car, the paper reports, though there’s another vehicle at the bottom of the lake that may provide answers to what happened to the Missing Fort Worth Trio.
Over the past few years, Rusty Arnold, the brother of a missing girl named Rachel Trlica, has helped raise money to recover the cars from the lake along with a team of volunteers.Their goal is find any leads that might explain the mysterious disappearances of Trlica, 17, Lisa Renee Wilson, 14, and Julie Moseley, 9, who all vanished following a trip to the Seminary South Shopping Center near Christmas time about 44 years ago, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
“At the same time the girls went missing, we believe the vehicle he was driving also disappeared,” Arnold told the Star-Telegram in August. “We sat around coming up with theories, and we discovered that the person of interest lived within five miles of Benbrook Lake at the time. It’s a hunch.”
In addition to his fundraising efforts, Arnold has created a Facebook page — where photos of the operation can be viewed — and a website dedicated to the Missing Trio, that features Arnold’s account of the day the three teens went missing.
“Rachel Arnold Trlica, 17, picked up her friend Renee Wilson, 14, and when little Julie Ann Moseley, who lived across the street from Renee's grandmother, begged to go along, the older girls said she'd have to get permission...She persuaded her mother to let her go,” he wrote. “The mystery surrounding their disappearance continues to confound law enforcement officials while it haunts and tangles the lives of all the families involved.”
Back in September, when the first vehicle was pulled out of Benbrook Lake, Trlica’s mother, Fran Langston, aired hope that the lake would provide answers about the fate of her daughter.
"We try and try and try to just keep on going, we have to, we can't give up," she told NBC5, the broadcaster’s local affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth. "Seems like every time I turn a corner, I see a little girl who looks just like her.”
There is currently no date set to pull the third and final car out from the lake, Arnold told the Star-Telegram on Saturday.
[Photo Credits: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]
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