Case # 74-A-205
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.
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!”
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.