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9 Daily American. Somerset. Thursday, December 23, 1982 Parents still hoping for return of missing daughter v. -1 I i Wi- 1 VS a I fy 4 fib 'dboV' FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Leslie Wilson's presents are 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 shopping. If she's still alive, Leslie is now 22. Her little brother has grown up, married, and become a father. Her great-grandmother, who took care of her while her 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 attic, and her mother, Judy Wilson, now 40, still hopes. "Would you please assist in our search for our children?" Wilson recently wrote to The Associated Press. "When I read in this morning's paper about President Reagan's Missing Children's Act, it gave me a new hopel" The bill signed by Reagan in October permits parents to ask the FBI if the name of their missing child is in its computer flies. If local police decline to" inter the name, the act permits parents tq do so on their own. "Oh, I dream about her quite often.
I know what she hasn't changed," Mrs. Wilson said, gazing at the last school picture of her daughter. "She'd be tall, and headstrong, spoiled, you know." Leslie Renee Wilson set out with two friends on an afternoon" of Christmas shopping at Seminary South shopping mall Dec. 23, 1974. She instructed her mother "in no uncertain terms" to pick her up at her great-grandmother's house at 4 p.m.
"We were going tq a party," Mrs. Wilson said. "I know -she we dug in ditches all over the place, and looked up and down creek beds. I have no idea how much money we spent," Mrs. Wilson said.
Finally police turned the case over to the homicide detectives. Major Case Investigator George Hudson has helped look for the girls for seven years. He has a file almost two feet thick, full of leads that went nowhere. "Probably the only way we'll ever solve this thing is if somebody 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 Akin.
Hudson, a team of convicts from state prison, and dozens of volunteers dug in the muck for two months, finally finding 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.
Mrs. Wilson -and her husband Richard have tried to go on. Three years ago they finally threw- away Leslie's old clothes, gave" her bedroom furniture to her cousin, and put the rest of her belongings in the attic with the. Christmas gifts-. "I'd be so grateful I just can't tell you how grateful if someone would tell me what happened," Mrs.
Wilson says. "I dream about her so often. I just have to know." intended to be there." Police never had many clues to the disappearance of Leslie and her friends Mary Rachel Trlica, 17, and Julie Mosely, 9. Investigators first assumed the girls had run away. A few days later after they vanished, a note mailed to Tommy 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.
Inside 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-old is 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 newspapers. They hired a private investigator, and followed- up every tip from seers and psychics who claimed to know where the children went, or where their bodies could be found.
"We went around knocking on people's doors, asking them to let us look in their basements. We went out to a field in West Texas, (AP Laser photo) peered while on an afternoon Christmas shopping trip to a Ft. Worth shopping center. Police say they "never have had a clue to their disappearance: Missing daughter Judy Wilson sits in her Ft. Worth, Texas home and looks at a 10th grade photo of her daughter, Leslie Renee Wilson, who disappeared eight years ago.
Her daughter and two friends have been missing since they disap- Hospital enlarging emergency room stroom equipped for the handi-. capped and a vending machine The nurses' station will be enlarged to include the equipment for the ALS service. The observation room will be moved directly across from the station to make it. easier for the nurses to watch the patients, and new nurse-call equipment will be installed throughout the emergency room. A double-treatment room near the ambulance entrance will be converted into a resusitation room so the ambulances attendants don't have to move the patients any distance for emergency treatment.
A staff conference room and lounge, and a paramedics office will be added. Other specialized treatment rooms will be moved around for more efficient care and improved traffic! flow. The hospital is acting as general contractor and the architect is The Somerset Community Hospital. Emergency Room is being expanded and renovated to provide more efficient care, comfort and privacy for the estimated 1,600 patients -who use the facility annually. The hospital now has emergency room physicians on duty 24-hours a day, and in July began an Advanced Life Support program.
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Harris headed the mediation team that steered the two sides to aareement. DMTO' WASHINGTON (AP) TWA and the Machinists union reached agreement early Wednesday on a tentative contract that will avert a Christmas-season walkout by 10,000 union employees of the nation's sixth largest airline. The chairman of the National Mediation Board, Robert O. Harris, said the agreement came at 12:05 a.m., four minutes after the union's deadline. rui HIGH INTEREST TTOE lnjnclaimed Layawayr ill "Unbelievable Savings" jVV iT0NIGHAl All You Pay I The Balance Unjelaimtd lay-aways ore one of a kind onlyl! I I MI WilmotBower and Associates, Silver Spring, Md.
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