Reward increased for information regarding 1979 murder of Dallas 7-year-old

Posted at 4:33 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 17:33:06-04

DALLAS, TX — An increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information regarding the 1979 homicide of a Dallas 7-year-old.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on October 23, 1979, Elizabeth Lynne Barclay was walking with her younger brother and a friend in the 2900 block of West Northwest Highway in Dallas when they were approached by a 30 to 35-year-old man driving a dark-colored vehicle with a trunk lid that wouldn't close all the way.

The car stopped and the man exited the vehicle. Witnesses say the man grabbed Barclay and struck her several times as he carried her back to his car.

It was the last time the 7-year-old was seen alive. In December 1979, her remains were found on the side of a rural road in Van Zandt County.

DPS says the case stalled after a lengthy investigation by the Dallas Police Department. About a year ago, the Texas Rangers reopened the investigation.

Anyone with information about the homicide or the identity of the offender is urged to come forward. Today, the suspect would likely be over 70 years old.

To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.

Individuals can also submit information through the Texas Rangers cold case website or by phone at 1-800-346-3242 (Missing Persons Hotline).