Hunt County Theft Reports has confirmed that pieces of the 1980’s Buick Skylark belonging to Carey Mae Parker were recovered from Lake Tawakoni earlier Thursday. Parker has been missing from Quinlan since March 1991.
The vehicle was reportedly discovered in the lake by a private search and recovery group that was investigating cold cases.
Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was able to recover the car’s VIN number from the salvaged vehicle parts and verified that it was the car belonging to Parker.
No other information regarding the discovery has been made available.
KETR recorded a series on Parker’s disappearance called Buried. It is considered the most comprehensive investigation into her disappearance to date.
Information from charleyproject.org about Cary Mae Parker’s disappearance:
Parker was last seen in Quinlan, Texas on March 17, 1991. She was driving a blue and gray 1980 or 1981 Buick Skylark with Texas license plates at the time of her disappearance; it has never been found. She has never been heard from again.
At the time she went missing, Parker lived with friends in Quinlan and worked the night shift at Flanders-Precisionaire, an air conditioning company in Terrell, Texas. She has three children, all of whom were under the age of six in 1991. She disappeared only a few days before her son’s birthday, and she had been planning a party for him.
When Parker’s father found out she was missing, he told a friend who was a police constable, and the constable promised to file a missing persons report. Parker’s sister also attempted to file a report with the Terrell Police Department, but the police logged it as a welfare check and not a missing persons report.
It wasn’t until 2010 that Parker’s family found out no missing persons report had ever been filed. Her sister then filed a second police report with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.
Parker left her last paycheck behind, and it was eventually mailed to her father’s house. There hasn’t been any activity on her driver’s license since 1991 and she never renewed her car registration. Her family believes she’s deceased.