SPRINGFIELD, MO — In June 1992, three women vanished without a trace in Springfield, Missouri — and the mystery of what happened to “The Springfield Three” has haunted the town ever since.
On June 6, 1992, 19-year-old Suzie Streeter and her friend, 18-year-old Stacy McCall, graduated from Kickapoo High School. At around 2:15 A.M. on June 7, the teens left a graduation party and headed to Streeter’s home, which she shared with her mother, Sherrill Levitt, on 1717 E. Delmar.
None of the three women were ever seen alive again.
Investigators later found the womens’ belongings in the residence. They believe that this evidence leads to the conclusion that the teens made it home from the party.
On the morning of June 7, the teens’ friend Janelle Kirby came to the house to look for them, since she said they had failed to show up after planning to spend the day at a water park in Branson. She found Levitt and Streeter’s Yorkshire terrier mix, Cinnamon, inside and agitated. While at the residence she also answered a “strange and disturbing call” from an unidentified male she said made “sexual innuendos.” She hung up.
McCall’s mother, Jannice, later visited the residence, and found the purses belonging to all three women neatly lined up on the floor at the top of the stairs. She called the police to report the three women missing.
In addition to finding their purses inside, including their money, all three of their cars were still parked outside the house, and McCall’s migraine medication was left behind. The case mystified police because, other than the missing women, nothing seemed disturbed in the house. Investigators found no sign of a struggle — with the possible exception of a broken porch light that friends had cleaned up before police were called, and a “strange” answering machine message that McCall had accidentally erased while contacting authorities.
The crime scene was also complicated by the fact that friends and family, who did not yet realize that the women were missing, cleaned up the house.
The Springfield Police Department, the FBI, and the media began a manhunt for the missing women, and the case was broadcast on the television show America’s Most Wanted. But despite national publicity, the case turned cold.
Over the years, the case of the Springfield Three, or 3MW, has been assigned to numerous investigators, and police have investigated hundreds of theories and leads. Several names have been mentioned in connection with the case. During the 1990s, Robert Craig Cox, a convicted kidnapper, told police that the three women were dead and that he knew where they were buried. Police say that he remains a person of interest, but he has never been charged in connection with the case.
A few years ago, a theory emerged on internet forums 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,” according to the Springfield News-Leader. Cox said that police have spoken with the woman who made the tip, and even scanned a portion of the parking garage, but found no evidence of the women being buried there.Police continue to encourage members of the public to come forward with any relevant information, and there is a reward of $42,000 in the case. Following are descriptions of the women provided by the Springfield Police:
Sherrill Levitt: 11-01-44, 5′, 110 lbs., brown eyes, short bleached-blonde hair, naturally curly hair, longer on top and short in the back. Sherrill Levitt has a thin build and has freckles on her neck and upper chest area.
Suzanne (Suzie) Streeter: White female, DOB 03/09/73, 5’2”, 102 lbs., brown eyes, straight bleached-blonde, shoulder-length hair, large teeth with no dental work. She has a 3-1/2” scar on top of her right forearm and a small tumor in the left corner of her mouth which gives the appearance that she has something in her mouth.
Stacy McCall: White female, DOB 04/23/74, 5’3”, 120 lbs., blue eyes, dark blonde hair to the middle of her back with sun-lightened ends. She has freckles on her face and a dimple in the middle of her chin.
To learn more about this case, watch the “The Springfield Three” episode of Investigation Discovery’s Disappeared on ID GO now!
If you are in search of a missing person, make sure to enter their information into the database of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
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Main photo: Details of Springfield Three FBI Missing poster