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Fort Worth detectives hope letter may help solve teen’s 45-year-old cold case murder

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Fort Worth investigators who have been searching for suspects in a 45-year-old cold case murder are betting that interviewing the author of a mysterious letter might lead them to the killer.

Carla Walker died in 1974 when she was 17 and her case has never been solved.

On Friday, in an effort to generate new clues in the case, Fort Worth police released a letter written by an unknown author and addressed to a detective.

Parts of the letter police released on social media have been redacted, but it appears to read in part “killed Carla Walker in Benbrook” and ends with, “PS: It is hard to say but it is true.”

“The author of this letter is encouraged to come forward and speak with detectives about his or her knowledge of the murder,” a news release from the Fort Worth Police Department says. “It is the hope of the Fort Worth Police Department that this person will provide valuable information that may bring peace and closure to Carla’s family after 45 long years. “

Walker was kidnapped when she and her high school sweetheart stopped in the parking lot of a Fort Worth bowling alley after a Valentine’s week dance on Feb. 17, 1974, according to the Star-Telegram’s archives and media partner WFAA. An attacker knocked Walker’s boyfriend unconscious and abducted her from the car.

Walker’s body was found two days later in a culvert near Benbrook Lake, a few miles from her home.

Police have said she was beaten, tortured, raped and strangled.

There have been suspects but only one arrest was made and that suspect was released after recanting his confession, according to WFAA.

Anyone with information about the case or this letter is asked to call Fort Worth police at 817-392-4307.

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