‘Thank you, Jesus’: DNA technology led to arrest in 1974 cold case murder of Carla Walker

Carla Walker was kidnapped in February of 1974. Her body was found in a culvert two days later near Benbrook Lake.

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Fort Worth police have arrested a man in connection with the 1974 murder of 17-year-old Carla Walker thanks to DNA technology.

At a Tuesday afternoon news conference, detectives described how they were able to obtain a full DNA match to what was found on Carla’s clothes from the crime scene.

What were the first words that came to her brother’s mind when he learned the news?

“Thank you, Jesus,” Jim Walker said Tuesday at the news conference. “When I was notified, the word that came across my mind was ‘finally.’ Finally. After 46 years, finally.”

Walker was kidnapped on February 17, 1974, after she had been out with her boyfriend at a Valentine’s dance at Western Hills High School.

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