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1 14 Tr Vltetta-Mwenotr, V)prlw, yhurfcdan PecembWM, 1W 9 'I I is National -1 ghter They still await missing daut papers: They hired a private investigator, and followed up every tip from seers and psychics Who claimed to knew where the children went, where their bodies could befound. "We went around knocking on people doors, asking them to let us look In their basements. We went out to a field in West Texas, we dug In ditches all over the place, and looked up and down creek beds. I have no Idea bow much money we spent," Mrs. Wilson said.

Finally police turned the case over to the homicide detectives. Major Case Investigator GeorgeHudaon has helped look for the girls for seven year. He has a file, almost two feet thick, full ol leads that went nowhere. Probably the only way we'll evet solve this tiling Is if somebody Just comes forward and says what happened to them," Hudson said. "There's no evidence, no nothing." Last year, bits of human skeletons Were discovered In a swamp near the southeast Texas town of Alvin.

Hudson, a team of convicts from the state prison, and dozens of volunteers dug In the muck for two months, finally finding i enough teeth in April 1981 to identify the bodies They were two girls from Dickinson, Georgia Geer, 14, and Brooks Bracewell, 12. They also had vanished In 1974. "It was a relief that it wasn't Leslie, but you know, it was well at least those other girls' families know what happened to them," Mrs. Wilson said. structed her mother "in no uncertain terms" to pick her up at her great-grandmother's house at 4 p.m., "We were going to a party," Mrs.

Wilson said. "I know she intended to be there." Police never had many clues to the disappearance of Leslie and her friends Mary Rachel Trlica, 17, and Julie Mosely, Investigators first assumed the girls had run away. A few days later after they vanished, a note mailed to Trlica, Mary Rachel's husband of six months, seemed to support that theory. "I know I'm going to catch it, but we just had to get away," the penciled, note said. "We're going to Houston.

See you in about a week. The car Is in Sears upper lot'. Mary Rachel's name was misspelled, and FBI handwriting experts -could not confirm if she had written the letter. But the car was where the note said it, would be. In6lde were gifts the girls had bought, and a pair of blue jeans Leslie had gotten out of layaway.

The car, was not dusted for fingerprints because officers did not think they were dealing with a crime. "I could have told you that night that they hadn't run away," Mrs. Wilson said. "Leslie wanted to go to that party. And no 9-year-olois going to run off two days before Christmas.

Everybody knows that. The families of the missing girls have sent 70,000 handbills with their daughters' photographs throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. They sent the pictures to 45 news- FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Leslie Wil-' son's presents ace still in the attic of the small white frame house. The new clothes are out of style, and she is too old for the toys. Everything was bought for a 14-year-old girl who disappeared eight years ago while Christmas If fc.s'i still alive, Leslie Is now 22.

Her little Vbrotter has grown up, married, and become a lather. Her great-grandmother, who took care of her while ner mother worked, is dead. Her Pekingese grew old and sick and had to be destroyed four years ago. But the gifts are still In the and her mother, Judy Wilson, now 40, still hopes. "Would you please assist In our search for our children?" Mrs.

Wilson recently wrote to The Associated Press. "When I read in this morning's paper about President Reagan's Missing Childrea's Act, It gave me a new hope." The bill signed by Reagan in October permits arents to ask the FBI if the name of their miss-ng child is in its computer files. If local police decline to enter the name, the act permits parents to do so on their own. "Oh, I dream about her quite often. I know what she hasn't changed," Mrs.

Wilson said, lazing at the last school picture of her daugh-er. "She'd be tall, and headstrong, spoiled, you know." Leslie Renee Wilson set out with two friends on an afternoon of Christmas shopping at "nary South shopping mall Dec. 23, 1974. She in Marriage riot essential, but 90 expect to Wed NEW YORK MP) Although many young people" no longer regard marriage as necessarily better than staying single, percent expect to wed someday and three-fourths would be disappointed if they do not, according to a study. "The legitimacy of singleness as a lifestyle Is Increasingly recog' nized by young people and their parents," according to the.

study by University of Michigan reseachers, released Wednesday. The percentage of young people whd expect to rtarry, about 90 percent, has not varied much since 1960, the report said. The findings are based largely on a study of 916 families from 1961 to 1980 in the Detroit area. The sample group was selected from families who had children in Detroit In July 1961. The 18-year-olds were asked how much it would bother them if they did not marry.

Of 880 cited, 25.9 percent 19.3 percent of the sons and 33 percent of the daughters said It would bother them a great deal. Another 23.5 percent 29.4 percent of the sons and 17.2 percent of the, daughters said It would not bother them at alL The remaining respondents said it would bother them only some or a HtUe. "Thus, although three-fourths indicated that they would feel some disappointment If they did not marry," the study said, "this sentiment was strong only among one-fourth of the total sample." The authors concluded, "These attitudinal and value trends undoubtedly affect the way young people approach the decision to marry. "Those who do not marry, either because of an active choice or because things Just don't work out that way, probably will be the ob- ject of fewer negative social sanctions, and failure to marry will less often be viewed as a personal catastrophe," it said. The project, called the Study of American Families, included sup- plemental data collected In several studies.

It was reported by Ar- land Thornton of the Institute for Social Research and Deborah Freedman of the Population Studies Center, both of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Six interviews were conducted with mothers over an 18-year period, an initial personal interview and five follow-up telephone in-, terviews. In 1980, a personal interview also was conducted with children born In 1961; there were 916 mothers, 466 sons and 450 1 i mart- ADVERTISED MERCHANDISE POLICY i lm rrtrrift lu vwy 1rd km that on ut fwn an aNrtittl tm m4 wrijb kit pt oftM du Hi any uMwimm 'mux 4 lot aat iPcWfc tone 4pmi i urn an i Saving Place PRICES EFFECTIVE DEC. 23 I you a ivvNK.tnW omH 4nnJliuml 1 AtM HJdueo myv Weather Vft comrhoddre ar ll iHlfUtlii) fkB The Forecast For 7 a.m. EST i Rain KKJay.

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