Disappearances make for some of the world’s most fascinating unsolved mysteries, as it’s always baffling when people go missing and no trace of them is ever found. However, it’s even more baffling when multiple people manage to go missing at the same time. In some of these cases, it seems like abduction is the most likely scenario, but you’d think that successfully abducting more than one person would be an insanely difficult task. In other cases, it is nearly impossible to dream up a concrete theory about what happened to these people.
On December 23, 1974, 17-year old Mary Rachel Trlica, 14-year old Lisa Renee Wilson and 9-year old Julie Ann Moseley (a.k.a. the Fort Worth Three) went Christmas shopping together at the Seminary South Shopping Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The girls never returned home and their locked car was discovered in the mall’s parking lot at 6:00 that night. There were Christmas presents inside, indicating that the girls had done their shopping and returned to the vehicle at some point, but what became of them?
The very next day, Rachel’s family received a letter which was supposedly written by her. She claimed the three of them had taken off to Houston for a week, but would be back. However, none of the girls ever returned and there are doubts about whether Rachel actually wrote the letter. Over the years, eyewitnesses have come forward with various accounts of what happened to the Fort Worth Three—one claimed they saw the girls being forced into a vehicle by unidentified males, another supposedly saw them sitting in a mall security guard’s truck at 11:30 that night—but none of the stories have ever been verified and their disappearance remains a mystery.