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    New eyes could eventually solve case of Springfield's 3 missing women

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. It is a mystery, a story many know that remains without an ending. Today marks 24 years since three women from Springfield vanished: Stacy McCall, Suzanne Streeter, and Streeter's mother, Sherrill Levitt.

    On Tuesday, fresh flowers rested near a memorial to the two teens and mother. Like those fresh flowers, Stacy McCall's mother tells KSPR she feels fresh leads, technology and investigators can still bring her daughter and the other two women home.

    "I look at Stacy and I think she's not 18, she's 38. It's heartbreaking," McCall said in an interview with us on the 20th anniversary four years ago. "Twenty birthdays and twenty Thanksgivings and Christmases and so many times that we sit around the table wanting her nearby."

    Today she echoed heartache and also glimmers of hope.

    "I want people to know I am not in denial, I still believe if there's one in one-hundred chance my daughter is alive I"ll take it," she said on Tuesday over the phone. "I want my daughter. I don't even care about an arrest, I just want my daughter."

    Now 24 years of looking, hoping, praying and searching take a toll, and yet family and police say they will never give up. They say neither will Springfield.

    "The community wants answers," McCall said in the previous interview. "Three women were taken from our community never to be seen again."

    On that June day in 1992 the McCall family made the first worried call to police.

    "There are those few cases that just haunt you," said Mark Webb. Webb is now the Bolivar police chief. In 1992, he was with Springfield P.D.

    "Instantly within the first paragraph you knew this wasn't a typical missing person case. I knew this is going to be bad," said Webb.

    McCall and Streeter just graduated high school. They'd been to a party and were last seen around 2 o'clock in the morning. The two girls were headed to Streeter's home where she lived with her mom, Levitt. When police arrived they there were no signs of struggle. The women's purses, clothes and money were left behind. It looked as though the ladies had been kidnapped.

    "We get calls weekly," said Springfield Police Lt. Culley Wilson.

    Lt. Wilson oversees detectives on the case. He says there are some new eyes on it.

    "That always can uncover things we haven't seen before," said Wilson. "It's fresh. They may see it in a new way."

    He says hope is very much alive.

    "We've done interviews around the state in the last year. Some leads have promise. We still have persons of interest," said Wilson.

    Meanwhile, as Janis McCall says, this is not a day she celebrates.

    "There's a big hole here," said McCall.

    Investigators want to fill that hole.

    "I am confident our law enforcement will solve it," said Wilson. "I am confident in our dedication and our abilities. Tomorrow could be the day someone brings us that piece of information that locks it all up."

    Webb offers this advice to any law enforcement who finds the mystery in their hands: "Never give up. You have to go to work on this and treat any piece of information like it's the glue we've been waiting for to crack this case open."

    McCall asks people who speculate to stick to the facts and stay away from so many rumors that she feels have sensationalized the case.
    The reward fund for prosecution of those responsible now sits at $42,000.

    Anyone with information into the disappearance of the three women should contact the Springfield police department or Crime Stoppers of Greater Springfield.

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    Someone is posting clues on Reddit, don't know if it's a serious post or someone fooling around

    And here are the clues, he/she posted:

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    Good point! They cleaned up the broken glass, checked the answering machine, but didn't feel it was necessary to turn off the TV? Maybe they were still thinking they would come back soon. But they were worried enough to do all those other things.

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    If they thought Sherrill, Suzie and Stacy would come back soon, they wouldn't dare to check the answering machine, because it would show no new messages after someone listened to the answering machine, if Sherrill would have returned she would have figured out there were more messages then she had heard before if she would have hit the play button. So I guess they were worried something was amiss, and listened to the new messages, but if they felt worried they wouldn 't have deleted a message, dirty talk or not, so I guess the call was from someone else, and had to be deleted before it could lead to someone. (Maybe it was a panic call, Suzie calling her mother? Friends asking if Suzie got home safe?) I would rather turn the tv off at a friends house if no one was home, because it could start a fire, then listen to the answering machine and clean the house.

    No matter their age, at the age of 18 they are almost adults, not that naive or innocent. And it seems someone was worried enough to call often early in the morning as I recall. She and her friend drove to the house she never visited before, with a dog jumping anxious in her arms after arriving, as if a dog would be that happy with strangers entering the house. She even cried in the backseat after they drove through the neighbourhood to find them and visited Shane, (Suzie's good old friend??sure.) his mother had to wake him as he was asleep, then why was Janelle in the backseat of the car afterwards if there were only two in the car, she and Mike? Feeling upset, right! So your friend is driving, and you are in the backseat all alone?

    And who would clean a house in the evening, (after others already got rid off the glass of the porch light). As another favor, just vacuum the house, get rid off dust and everything else. Really? I wonder what all those people did there, feeling so worried, even making coffee, replacing all kinds of things, in someone else's home. Screwing evidence, that is what they did. Each and everyone of them, maybe some were really stupid and not thinking straight, but I doubt that.
    And after I saw "the other girl" on a video I doubt it even more..I bet she was the other girl, not Suzie. They should have checked Janelle's house for evidence of a crime, party started there, and ended there when they got out of Shane's car, if they got out there that is. Meanwhile they should be sleeping here and there, and well they couldn't stay here and there, relatives all around, one guy's parents could show up so they couldn't sleep there either. Lots of talking and excuses, too many for me personally. Some friends for sure!!

    And no, I don't think they they were in any kind of witness protection something.

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    How did the three missing women case impact Springfield's psyche?

    The 1992 disappearance of Sherill Levitt, Suzanne Streeter and Stacy McCall prompted a mixed psychological impact on Springfield and its community parenting culture, psychologists and longtime residents told the News-Leader.

    Kay Logsdon, a longtime Springfield resident who served as city spokeswoman when the three women went missing, said that the disappearance was felt as a "community crisis."

    "My overwhelming memories are of the concern for the women, concern for their families," Logsdon said. "And the hope that we carried for them."

    "I think everybody in Springfield put themselves in their place," she added. "It was one of the first times when an abduction hit home."

    Springfield psychologist Deborah Cox said an unexplained disappearance can create "collective anxiety" in the community.

    "It's different from individual anxiety because it's something shared," said Cox, a specialist in family therapy and trauma recovery who was at Missouri State University from 1998 to 2009 before turning to private practice.

    The sense of threat induced by an event like the disappearance of the "three missing women" is akin to the effects of a terror attack, she said.

    "Because it is terrorist activity," she added.

    Cox said that it's common for people to react by saying, "Oh boy, we better be locking our doors now, we better have a tighter rein on our kids."

    Meanwhile, collective anxiety may crop up when we least expect it.

    "It might be invisible to us," Cox said. "We may not know why we have a feeling of unease."

    The emotions of every individual are affected by a planetary network of human relationship ties, Cox said.

    As such, collective anxiety can affect things like traffic patterns, the atmosphere at schools, family life and relationships among next-door neighbors.

    Grant Jones, a psychologist with Evangel University who specializes in PTSD and trauma disorders, posited a somewhat different view.

    "A one-time event will have a novelty effect, but then it will go away," he said.

    He likened the case of the missing women to news cycles.

    "It's a sensational thing, and there may be some effects like 9/11," he said. "People change a little bit, but within a year they're back doing what they did before."

    Jones believes there was not much impact from the 1992 case because at that time the public was less aware of issues such as human trafficking or instances of ex-spouses abducting children from schools.

    In his view, most people could not relate to the situation, so were less affected by it.

    Today, the public hears multiple story lines to the effect that "the world is not safe for children," Jones said, citing awareness of sexual predators and child abduction.

    Jones cited the 2014 Hailey Owens case, in which a child was abducted from near her northwest Springfield home before being sexually assaulted and killed, as having a greater impact than the case of the three missing women.

    "So many people could identify with it," he said. "It's a child doing normal outdoor stuff, and then she's gone. That's scary."

    "Any parent, grandparent can say, 'Yes, I've let my kids play outside.'"

    Still, Jones, who has been at Evangel 33 years, has memories of the events of 1992.

    "For me, it was like okay, where's the police in this?" he said.

    "There wasn't a sense that this was part of a larger narrative. It was like, this is weird. This happens maybe in Texas or New York or somewhere, but in Springfield, Missouri, that's bizarre."

    Springfield native Mary Guccione remembers her family and friends were abuzz about the case.

    "(The case) affected everybody," she said.

    She remembers when a Springfield friend called to ask her to put up missing-person posters around Joplin.

    Her church offered prayers for Levitt, Streeter, McCall and their families.

    She and her fellow parents began to wonder about how best to look out for their children.

    "Everybody's kids were graduating" when the women disappeared, Guccione said. "Everyone was concerned about their teenage daughters because they didn't understand what was going on."

    Guccione said that despite this, she felt her friends and neighbors reacted reasonably to the disappearance. She never had the impression that "overinflated" stories were coming out.

    "But the eyebrow was always raised."

    Guccione added that she raised her children as she had been raised: free-rein.

    "I told them not to stray too far, always let me know where they were going," she said. "The minute the streetlights came on, they were to be home."

    "It was very much a small-town type of childhood, and we knew our neighbors."

    Twenty-five years later, Cox, the psychologist in private practice, believes the community continues to see effects of the case.

    "Time doesn't cause anything to happen on its own," she said. " But over time, other processes do morph the information."

    People already prone to fear and paranoia "will be even more stirred up," apt to "dig around" and make up stories to explain mysterious events.

    "On some level, we're all trying to make sense of it," she said.

    Jones, the Evangel psychologist, concurred.

    "When you're creating a memory and you don't have all the details, you do memory reconstruction," he said. People add details where none exist.

    "You start to create something that might not be accurate because every human being needs closure," he said.

    "The longer it goes on, the more weird it may become, because the traditional explanations don't work, yet we still want something to explain it."


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    25 years after three Springfield women went missing, the tips still trickle in

    The tips still trickle in.

    "They've leveled off," said Springfield police Sgt. Todd King. "We tend to get, I would say, a couple a month."

    It's been 25 years since three Springfield women vanished without a trace. On June 6, 1992, 19-year-old Suzie Streeter and her friend Suzie McCall, 18, graduated from Kickapoo High School. They spent the evening at graduation parties.

    In the early morning hours of June 7, the two retired to a home in the 1700 block of East Delmar Street, where Streeter lived with her mother, 47-year-old Sherrill Levitt.

    That's where the mystery begins. Levitt, Streeter and McCall were never seen again.

    When a friend called the home around 8 a.m., there was no answer. Over the course of the day, friends and family members made the rounds and made calls, checking out places they thought the women might have gone. Assumptions that the three women would return any minute gradually gave way to worry. On the evening of June 7, McCall's mother called police.

    The scene was concerning. Each of the women had a car, and all three were parked outside the unlocked house. Their purses were at the top of the stairs. Levitt and Streeter, both smokers, had left their cigarettes behind. McCall had left without her migraine medication.

    But there was no sign of a struggle. The only thing amiss was a porch light cover that had been busted. Friends of the women, however, had cleaned up the broken glass long before the cops were called, thinking they were being helpful.

    It was a highly-publicized case from the start. The FBI was called. Search parties were organized. Within a week, the faces of Springfield's three missing women were broadcast on the television show "America's Most Wanted." Tips poured in.

    A case that everyone expected to be quickly solved, however, turned into the city's most well-known cold case.

    "It's always been open," King said in a recent interview late last month. "It's an active investigation."

    The Springfield Police Department has turned over. There are no sworn officers left that were on the force back in 1992. Over the years, the case of the Springfield Three, or 3MW, has been assigned to numerous investigators. Whenever one has retired, or been promoted, the case has been handed off to someone new. Fresh eyes.

    For the last year and a half, the eyes have been those of Detective Scott Hill. King, as his direct supervisor, helps him respond to the tips that come in.

    There have been thousands over the years, although fewer as time has gone on. The majority that come in these days are identical, or similar, to previous ones. That's not to say they are unwelcome. After 25 years, the department's plea hasn't changed: Keep them coming.

    "Somebody out there knows something and has not come forward, with a piece of information to put this thing together," Lt. Culley Wilson said.

    "We wish they would come forward, because it's awful to lose a child for those families," Wilson continued. "But to lose a child and not know where they're at, or to not know what's happening, it's tragic."

    Where do tips come from? Darrell Moore — who was Greene County's chief assistant prosecutor in 1992, and later led the office for more than a decade — told the News-Leader that prisoners have been one common source.

    "As people went to prison, they would try and find ways to maybe leverage themselves out of trouble and out of prison," said Moore, who now works for the Missouri Attorney Generals' Office. "So they would hear stories so they would call a lawyer who would call the police department. It got to the point where we could say, 'We’ve looked at that, we’ve already done that.'"

    The case's public profile has waxed and waned over the years. By the late 1990s, developments were few. In the early 2000s, tips prompted several digging operations. The past decade, however, has been largely quiet.

    King said that a lot of information was shared in the case's early days. However, at some point, he said, telling the public everything "to a point can hinder an investigation, because when we do look at a potential person of interest or something of that nature, they have just as much information as everyone else on the street."

    "So we don't have anything held back to judge whether or not they're being honest with us," King said.

    Those who followed the case in the 1990s will remember the name Robert Craig Cox, a convicted kidnapper known to be in Springfield when the women went missing, who proceeded to tell the authorities the three were dead and he knew where they were buried. His status hasn't changed in recent years. He remains a person of interest.

    A stubborn theory in some corners of the internet is that the women are buried underneath a south Springfield parking garage owned by CoxHealth. Police spokeswoman Lisa Cox said the department first received that tip in 2006, but that the original tipster "provided no evidence or logical reasoning behind this theory at that time or since then."

    Cox said police have spoken with the woman who made the tip, as well as individuals she hired to scan a portion of the parking garage. In some cases, Cox said, the individuals denied making statements the woman attributed to them. A professor told police he was unaware of technology that could scan the area in the way the tipster described, according to police.

    Construction of the parking garage began in September 1993, Cox said — some 15 months after the women went missing.

    "Digging up the area and subsequently reconstructing this structure would be extremely costly, and without any reasonable belief that the bodies could be located here, it is illogical to do so, and for those reasons SPD does not intend to," Cox said. "Investigators have determined this lead to not be credible."

    King said Springfield police "keep very close contact with the McCalls." Contact with the extended Streeter family is more occasional.

    The causes of cold cases breakthroughs can generally be divided into two categories. First, someone can talk, either in the form of a confession or just another tip, one that leads police to the perpetrator(s). Second, there can be a scientific breakthrough that makes existing evidence more valuable. Some cold cases, for instance, have been solved with DNA technology that didn't exist when the crime first occurred.

    Moore said the first option is likely the only one here. He said he's unaware of "any evidence found at the scene that could ever implicate anybody."

    Wilson and King, of Springfield police, said they both remain optimistic.

    "We're going to solve it," Wilson said. "I don't know when. It may not be within our time left here (at the department), but we're going to solve it."

    Moore said he finds hope in the fact that, during his time as prosecutor, people were brought to justice in two cases more than 20 years after the fact.

    The first was the 1982 murder of 15-year-old Tammy Smith, whose body was found two months after she disappeared after returning a shopping cart to a Ramey's grocery store; Joel "Jody" Moore was sentenced in 2005. The second was the prosecution of Gerald Carnahan for the 1985 murder of 20-year-old Nixa resident Jackie Johns; a jury found Carnahan guilty in 2010.

    “So at times I think it’ll never be resolved, but then I remind myself of at least those two cases where eventually there was resolution," he said.

    Twenty-five years later, the Springfield Three still resonates as a case it seems everyone local knows. Wilson, however, said that if you went back 30 years, it's likely most people could rattle off the details of the Young Brothers Massacre. But now there are plenty of locals unaware of the 1932 gun battle that killed six law enforcement officers in present-day Republic.

    "That's kind of the fear," Wilson said. "As more time goes by, this case gets colder and colder."

    Still, he said, "we're both optimistic.”

    Here's a timeline of the case:

    — 1992 —

    June 6: Suzie Streeter and Stacie McCall graduate from Kickapoo High School, later attending two graduation parties together. The pair wind up at Streeter’s house at 1717 E. Delmar St. about 2 a.m. June 7.

    June 7: A friend calls the house at 8 or 9 a.m. and gets no answer. She stops by a little after noon, but there is no sign of the girls or Suzie’s mother, Sherrill Levitt. Police are called late that evening.

    June 8: Police begin investigating the case. The unlocked house appears as if the women simply vanished while getting ready for bed.

    June 9: The FBI is called in.

    June 14: Authorities begin a sweep of wooded areas and streams in the Springfield area and search an apartment building after a letter containing a rough drawing of the apartment complex and the phrase, “use Ruse of Gas Man checking for Leak,” is found in a News-Leader rack at a grocery store. Also on this day, pictures of the women air on the television show “America's Most Wanted.”

    June 15: Police begin working a fresh tip about a transient who neighbors reported seeing near the home in the days before the women disappeared. A sketch is released, showing a man with long hair and a full beard.

    June 16: Police release a photo of a retouched Dodge van, similar to one seen near Levitt and Streeter's home early on June 7.

    June 24: Police work on a new tip. A waitress at George’s Steakhouse, one of Levitt’s favorite restaurants, says she saw the three women at the diner between 1 and 3 a.m. June 7. The women arrived and left together. The waitress said Suzie appeared giddy, perhaps intoxicated, and her mom tried to calm her down.

    June 28: Police end their 24-hour command post at Levitt’s home.

    — 1993 —

    Jan. 2: An anonymous New Year’s Eve caller to a switchboard operator of “America's Most Wanted” is cut off when the operator tries to link up with Springfield investigators. Police still seek contact with the man, whom they consider to have prime knowledge of the abductions.

    Feb. 14: For the first time, police announce that they are considering the possibility that the disappearances are the work of one or more serial killers.

    Aug. 28: Information from an informant leads police to search farmland in Webster County looking for bodies. Police say they find items at the scene, but will not elaborate. The results of the search warrant were sealed.

    — 1994 —

    A lead prompts authorities to search a section of Bull Shoals Lake, where they find animal remains and pieces of clothing. The clothing does not match the description of what the women were wearing.

    — 1995 —

    A grand jury disbands in January without handing up indictments. Robert Craig Cox, whose name came up early in the investigation, is arrested in Texas for aggravated robbery. After information on Cox is presented to a grand jury, investigators interview him in a Texas prison. In the grand jury, Cox’s ex-girlfriend tells jurors that she lied when she told police Cox was with her at church the morning of June 7, 1992.

    — 1996 —

    Former News-Leader reporter Robert Keyes interviews Cox from prison. The inmate tells Keyes he knows the women were killed and buried somewhere in Springfield or close by. “And they’ll never be found.”

    — 1997 —

    The family of Sherrill Levitt and Suzie Streeter go through court proceedings to declare the two women dead. Stacy’s parents vow that they will not declare their daughter dead until her body is found.

    — 2001 —

    Maj. Steve Ijames takes command of the Criminal Investigations Section and reopens several cold cases, including that of the three missing women.

    — 2002 —

    Springfield police write Cox a letter, requesting an interview. He declines. Also this year, Webster County authorities dig near an abandoned slaughterhouse south of Marshfield. They find teeth and bone fragments estimated to be about 100 years old.

    —2003 —

    Following new tips, investigators check an old farm about five miles south of Cassville. Cadaver-seeking dogs show interest in various areas. Tires, trash, a motorcycle and sections of a green vehicle are dug up from the surrounding farmland. DNA samples taken from an abandoned house on the property are sent to a lab for testing, but no match is found.

    — 2006 —

    A group of amateur detectives go to Springfield police and Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore with their theory that the three women are buried under a parking garage near Cox South hospital. Authorities decide not to dig under the garage, saying there isn’t enough evidence to warrant the cost of digging.

    — 2010 —

    Paul Williams, Springfield's new police chief, initiates a review of the case, which extends into 2012.

    — 2012 —

    Springfield police investigators travel to Virginia and present their review of the case to a panel of 25 criminal-justice investigators assembled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


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    25 Years of Questions: The mystery of Springfield's 3 missing women

    It's been nearly 25 years since three Suzie Streeter, Stacy McCall, and Sherrill Levitt disappeared from Springfield.

    There are nearly a quarter of a century worth of questions, but yet still very few answers.

    "Everybody was in a good mood. They'd just graduated. We were looking forward to the next morning when everybody was going to go to White Water," Stephanie Appleby, a friend of Stacy and Suzie's, said.

    The plans that Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall had that night never came through. Friends from years ago are still wondering why the young women never showed up for their morning plans after spending the night at Suzie's house along with her mom Sherrill Levitt, who has also not been seen since that day.

    "It's surreal to me now because I look back and I think 'Oh, they'll be back,' you know, and here we are still waiting. It was just really strange. I think that we kind of realized after a week went by and another week went by that this was not going to turn out well," Appleby said.

    Since June 7th, 1992, police have received countless tips but nothing that has lead to the whereabouts of the three women. While the question of what happened to them remains a mystery, to those who knew them, the case of the Springfield Three is a painful memory.

    "They were wonderful people, fun people, just normal people," Appleby said. "We all carry them with us in our hearts and pray that, still pray, that they come home and that we get some sort of closure."

    The case of the Three Missing Women is still listed on the Springfield Police Department website under "cold cases." Investigators are still asking anyone with any information about what happened that night 25 years ago to give them a call. Check out the information about the case at this link:


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    Hard to believe three women can just vanish like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starless View Post
    Hard to believe three women can just vanish like that.
    I still hope this case will be solved someday.

    The red car in one of the videos on youtube, which was stolen. They later said it didn't have anything to do with the missing women. How were they so sure about that, and did they ever find that car, check it for fingerprints and such?
    I'm asking because the car was from a neighbor across the street, the house is in the video, I found the house on maps, and although I can't find the exact years who lived their in 1992, one of them was a Kickapoo highschool teacher who had a son Stacy's age. But his name isn't on the class list, so he probably didn't graduate that year. Also there is a C. King mentioned, in his 40's so I wonder if he lives there now and if it's the guy from the class list, that Chris Ryan King was also on a yahoo website in which several criminals were mentioned, it included stats about Springfield MO, and it said that he was born in 1974, graduated 1992 from Kickapoo Highschool and was presently incarcerated California State Prison, Corcoran, California. (I tried to check that, but can't find any information?)
    I just don't know how old the article was Link is gone, but he was named a child molester and serial rapist there. I just think it is huge coincidence to find two names linked to the highschool the girls joined, on that adress where the car was stolen from the driveway.

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