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 in Springfield, Missouri. Neither their whereabouts nor their remains have been discovered.

Background[edit]

Sherrill Levitt, 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 pierced ears. She was a cosmetologist at a local salon and a single mother, and was described as being very close to her daughter, Suzanne Elizabeth "Suzie" Streeter. Streeter was born on March 9, 1973 (age 19 in 1992), 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, pierced ears, with her left ear pierced twice. Streeter'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.

Disappearance[edit]

Suzanne Streeter and Stacy McCall graduated from Kickapoo High School. Streeter and McCall have been reported to be last seen at around 2:00 am on June 7 as they were leaving one of two or three "graduation" parties they attended that evening. At some point during the night, they were also in Battlefield, Missouri.[1] 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 Streeter's (and thus Levitt's) house. It is assumed they arrived, because their clothing, jewelry, purses and vehicles were present. Miss Sherrill Levitt Suzie's mother was last heard from at approximately 11:15 p.m. on the same day when she talked on the phone with a friend about painting an armorie. The time line gets sketchy from there as the teens that last saw Suzie and Stacy the previous evening are also the first people at the Levitt home the next day. [2]

McCall's parents contacted police in reference to their daughter's disappearance from Levitt's home more than 16 hours after the women were last seen, as other worried friends and family began calling and visited the house during the day. Police later estimated that the crime scene had been tainted by ten to twenty or so people who visited Levitt's house.[2] Upon officers' arrival, the house bore no signs of a struggle, except for a shattered porch light that was cleaned up by well-meaning friends.[2] Police noted Levitt's bed had been slept in.[3] All personal property was left behind including purses, money, cars, keys, cigarettes, and the family dog (a Yorkshire Terrier).[4]

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.[4] 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.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Three Missing Women". Springfield Police. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "Suzie Streeter". charleyproject.org. April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Sherrill Levitt". charleyproject.org. April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Stacy McCall". charleyproject.org. April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  5. ^ "The Springfield Three". Investigation Discovery. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 

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