Seventeen-year-old Felicia Ruiz thought she was going to a Halloween party on October 29, 1999.
"Yea, she was surprised, she was surprised," Jay Ferrel said during a prison interview with FOX 26 Investigates.
It was a terrifying surprise, and Felicia would not survive.
She left her home that night with Lisa Huerta and Jesus Salazar, who she thought were friends. Ferrel, a complete stranger was also in attendance. Instead of taking Felicia to a party, police say the trio took her to a vacant lot.
"That's where they did what they did," said Ferrel, who's serving 20 years for manslaughter.
According to Ferrel, Salazar knocked Felica down.
"You could see where Salazar hit her in the face," said Carrie Ruiz, Felicia's mother. "And you could see all the cuts and things in her hands where she fought. You could still see the fear in her face."
Police say Salazar masterminded the killing and may have fled to Venezuela. Now the hunt for Salazar goes worldwide thanks to America's Most Wanted, which filmed in Houston last week.
"People call us the court of last resort," said John Walsh, the host of America's Most Wanted.
The program could be the Ruiz's last chance to find their daughter's killer.
"If this doesn't work I don't know where else to turn," Carrie Ruiz said.
The program's track record speaks volumes. In its 24 years on the air, America's Most Wanted has led to 1,200 captures.
"And this horrible creep that's probably hiding in Venezuela needs to be brought back and tried for murder," said Walsh.
"It would mean peace for us and it would finally be complete justice for Felicia and that's the main thing to get justice for her," said Ruiz.
America's Most Wanted is scheduled to air the segment on October 23 at 8 p.m. You can see it right here on FOX 26.