- Irene Garza was last seen going to Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas
- The former Miss South Texas was heading to see priest John Feit, then 27
- She vanished and five days later, search parties found her body nearby
- Feit was sent away after her death, but was always considered a suspect
- Garza’s family said the church orchestrated a ‘cover-up’ to protect him
- He has since married, had children and is living in Scottsdale, Arizona
Irene Garza, a second grade teacher once crowned Miss South Texas (left), was last seen alive heading to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas, to see 27-year-old John Feit (bottom right at 27) the day before Easter, almost 56 years ago. Five days later her lifeless body was found face down in a nearby canal (bottom left). An autopsy later she had been raped while unconscious and suffocated. Feit, now 83, was considered the prime suspect for more than half a century, but was finally arrested on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Arizona (top right). Garza’s family said the church and police orchestrated a ‘cover-up’ as he was a member of the clergy, and had him moved to a monastery just after the slaying. Since the 1970s he has enjoyed family life. He’s married, has children and grandchildren and is a regular volunteer at his church. But he is now facing spending the rest of his life in jail if he is convicted.