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Texas girls cold case disappearance could be solved after the increase of the submerged car

From left to right, Julie Ann Moseley, Rachel Trlica and Lisa Renee Wilson were reporting missing on Dec. 23, 1974 after shopping in a mall in Fort Worth, Texas.

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A Texas man’s quest to find out what happened to his sister and two other girls who vanished more than four decades ago may depend on what he finds at the bottom of a Fort Worth-area more.

Rusty Arnold was 11 when his 17-year-old sister Rachel Arnold Trlica, went Christmas shopping on Dec. 23, 1974 with her 14-year-old friend Lisa Renee Wilson, and 9-year-old Julie Ann Moseley. None of the girls were seen again.

“We’re never going to give up. It’s never going to go away. Someone out there knows what happened to the girls,” Arnold told FOX4 on Friday. “They’re not going to go quietly. They go kicking and screaming if someone took them by force. I think that they went with someone they knew and who they trust.”

Arnold has his own quest through the years, the creation of a website in the hope of finding clues and performing searches on different locations in Texas. That led him to three cars submerged in Benbrook Lake, located southwest of Fort Worth.

Divers retrieve three submerged cars of Benbrook Lake in September, in the hope of finding some clues in connection with the three girls.

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He told the Star-Telegram are a group of volunteers who are interested in a vehicle, in particular, because he is of the opinion that one of the cars belongs to a “person of interest” who knew the girls.

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“At the same time the girls went missing, we believe that the vehicle he was driving is gone, too,” Arnold told the newspaper. “We sat around to come up with theories, and we discovered that the person of interest lived within five miles of Benbrook Lake at the time. It is a hunch.”

Arnold, who has not disclosed in interviews how he came to focus on the three vehicles, said a friend uses sonar and came across the sunken vehicles.

A group of divers plan to the three vehicles from the the following month, and search for any clues related to the disappearance of the girls.

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Arnold told FOX4 that the police have told him that there is not enough evidence to justify their presence, that is the reason why he helped raise $10,000 from donations to pay North Tea Marine Salvage & Recovery to engage in the murky waters. The group conducted a first dive on another lake on Friday to prepare them for what to expect in September.

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“We don’t know. They don’t know,” Jeff Burns with the North Tea Marine Salvage & Recovery, told FOX4. “Everyone is curious to know what that is? We are going to figure it out.”

In an interview in December, Lisa’s father told the Star-Telegram he did not believe that the girls were still alive.

“I would like to think otherwise, but it’s been so many years,” Richard Wilson told the newspaper.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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