Carla Walker

February 17, 1974
Abduction, Rape, Murder
Fort Worth, TX
High School Junior
Glen Samuel McCurley
Fort Worth Police
Case # 74-A-205
Suspect in Custody!

On February 17, 1974, Carla Walker, a junior at Western Hills High School, was kidnapped while she sat in a car with her boyfriend Rodney McCoy in the Ridglea Bowl parking lot. Carla’s body was found three days later in a culvert near Lake Benbrook in Tarrant County. It was later determined that she had been strangled and injected with Morphine.

In 2019 the Fort Worth Police received a strange and cryptic letter that mentions Carla Walker. There is hope that the letter may lead to a suspect. See the letter in the Crimeline at the bottom of this page.

In September of 2020, police arrested 77-year-old Glen Samuel McCurley, who was tied to the murder using DNA evidence.


  • Carla Attends School

    Carla Walker 1974 High School Photo

    It was a normal Friday school day at Western Hills High School for junior Carla Walker.

  • Valentines Dance

    Carla Walker and Boyfriend Rodney McCoy at Valentines Dance

    Carla and her boyfriend, senior Rodney McCoy, attend the Valentines Dance at Western Hills High School.

  • Ridglea Bowl

    Ridglea Bowl

    After the dance, Carla and Rodney park in the parking lot of Ridglea Bowl – a popular bowling alley and hangout.

  • Carla Abducted

    Carla Walker and Rodney McCoy

    While Carla and her boyfriend Rodney were kissing in Rodney’s car that was parked in the lot at Ridglea Bowl, a man jerked open the passenger door, beat Rodney over the head with a pistol until he was bleeding profusely and semi-conscious. He then dragged Carla off with him. Her last words to Rodney were, “Go get help!” Then to the perpetrator, “I’ll go with you. Don’t hurt him.”

  • Rodney Goes For Help

    Rodney lost consciousness for an undetermined amount of time. When he came to, he drove straight to Carla’s home to tell her parents. He repeatedly rang the doorbell and banged on the door. When they opened the door, a bloody Rodney screamed, “They’ve got her! They’ve got her!”

  • Carla Found

    Benbrook Lake, Texas

    Carla’s body was found near Benbrook Lake. She had been dumped in a culvert. She had been raped, beaten and strangled. She was tortured for two days. It would be determined later that she had been injected with morphine.

  • Police Receive Letter


    Fort Worth Police announced that they had received a “crudely written” letter regarding Carla’s abduction and murder. Click the image to read the letter.

  • Police Arrest Suspect

    Police in Fort Worth, Texas announced an arrest in the 1974 cold case rape and murder of Carla Walker, 17. The defendant is Glen Samuel McCurley, now 77. Cops said they were finally able to create a full DNA profile of the suspect from the scene by retesting it using new technology.

  • Glen Samuel McCurley

    Glen Samuel McCurley was indicted on a charge of capital murder for his role in the death of Carla Jan Walker, a 17-year-old Western Hills High School junior who was kidnapped and murdered in 1974.