The Springfield Three

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The Springfield Three is an unsolved missing person case that began on June 7, 1992, when Sherrill Levitt, Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall went missing from their home on 1717 E. Delmar St, Springfield, Missouri. Their whereabouts or their remains have never been discovered.

Background[edit]

Sherrill, the mother of Suzanne Streeter, was born on November 1, 1944 (age 47 at time of disappearance). She was 5 feet 0 inches (1.52 m), 110 pounds (50 kg), with short light blonde hair, brown eyes and ear piercing. She was a cosmetologiist at a local salon and a single mother, she was described as being close to her only daughter.[1] Said daughter, Suzanne "Suzie" Elizabeth Streeter, was born on March 9, 1973 (age 19), was 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m), 102 pounds (46 kg), with shoulder length blonde hair and brown eyes. Her distinguishing marks included a scar on her upper right forearm, a small mole on the left corner of her mouth, large teeth and pierced ears, with her left ear pierced twice. Suzie's friend, Stacy McCall, was born on April 23, 1974 (age 18 in 1992), was 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) and 120 pounds (54 kg), with long dark blonde hair and light colored eyes. Her distinguishing marks included pierced ears and birthmarks on her chin and on right arm.

Disappearance[edit]

The day before the disappearance, Stacy and Suzie graduated from Kickapoo High School. Sherill was last heard from at approximately 11:15 p.m. on the same day when she talked to a friend about painting a chest of drawers. Stacy and Suzy were last seen at around 2:00 am on June 7 as they left a graduation party at a friend's house. At some point during the night, they were also in Battlefield, Missouri.[2] The pair planned to spend the night at a friend's house, but when the friend's house became too crowded, they instead left to go to Suzy's (and thus Sherrill's) house. It is assumed they arrived, because their clothing, jewelry, purses and vehicles were present.[3]

The parents of Stacy contacted police in reference to their daughter's disappearance from Sherrill's home at least twelve hours after the women were last seen, as other worried friends and family began calling and visited the house during the day. Police later admitted that the crime scene had possibly been tainted by the twenty or so people who visited Levitt's house.[3] Upon officers' arrival, the house bore no signs of a struggle, except for a shattered porch globe that was cleaned up by well-meaning friends.[3] Police noted Sherrill's bed had been slept in.[4] All personal property was left behind including purses, money, cars, keys, cigarettes, and the family dog.[5]

Suspect[edit]

Robert Craig Cox, a convicted kidnapper and robber and the suspect in a Florida murder, told journalists that he knew the three women had been murdered and buried and claimed their bodies would never be recovered. Later, Cox told investigators that he was staying the night with his girlfriend in the Springfield area the night the women disappeared; even later he stated he was at the home of his parents, who confirmed his alibi. Authorities are uncertain if Cox was involved in the case or if he is seeking attention by issuing false statements.[5] Cox has told authorities and journalists that he will tell them what happened to the three women after his mother dies.

In media[edit]

The case remains unsolved despite over 5,000 tips from the public.

In June 1997, a bench was dedicated to the women inside the Victim’s Memorial Garden in Springfield’s Phelps Grove Park.

The case has been featured on "48 Hours," "Unsolved Mysteries" and "America's Most Wanted". In March 2011 Investigation Discovery aired The Springfield Three on its Disappeared TV series.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michelle McNamara (2007-09-27). "The Springfield Three". truecrimediary.com. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Three Missing Women". Springfield Police. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  3. ^ a b c "Suzie Streeter". charleyproject.org. April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Sherrill Levitt". charleyproject.org. April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Stacy McCall". charleyproject.org. April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 

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Coordinates: 37°11′41.2″N 93°15′47″W / 37.194778°N 93.26306°W / 37.194778; -93.26306