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Springfield 3 - Three women missing in Missouri

Updated on April 25, 2016
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Kym L. Pasqualini is a freelance writer and founder of Nation's Missing Children Organization and National Center for Missing Adults (2010).

On June 7, 1992, Stacy McCall, Suzanne ‘Suzie’ Streeter, and Suzie's mother Sherrill Levitt vanished from Levitt’s home in an area of the 1700 block of E. Delmar Street in Springfield, Missouri. The three women’s disappearances have haunted the families and remained a mystery for two decades.

Sherrill Williams-Levitt would have turned 47 years old on November 1, following her disappearance. Her daughter, Suzie had just turned 19 years old on March 9, prior to her disappearance. Stacy McCall had just turned 18 on April 23, 1992. All have been missing 20 years.

Best friends Stacy McCall and Suzie Streeter.
Best friends Stacy McCall and Suzie Streeter. | Source

Best Friends Missing

Stacy and Suzie had just graduated from Kickapoo High School on Saturday, June 6, 1992. The two young women had been at a graduation party at another friend’s home at approximately 2:00am on June 7. Initially the pair had planned to spend the night at a hotel, then at a friend’s home in Battlefield but left because the house was crowded with out of town guests. They departed in their own separate vehicles and headed to Suzie’s home to spend the night with her mother Sherrill. It is believed the two young women arrived at Sherrill’s home at approximately 2:15am and had planned to go to White Water Amusement Park the following afternoon. After Suzie and Stacy arrived at the residence, the trail follows twists and turns into darkness of the unknown.

The last contact Sherrill had with anyone was at approximately 11:15pm on the evening of June 6, 1992, when she had talked to a friend about refinishing and painting a dresser. Sherrill had been a single mother, described as being very close to her daughter and a successful hairdresser at a local salon.

The following afternoon, friends went to Sherrill’s home to meet Suzie and Stacy as planned, then head to the amusement park but no one answered the door. The friends observed the women’s vehicles parked in the driveway and noticed the porch light still illuminated but the glass globe covering the bulb had been broken and there was shattered glass on the front porch. The friends cleaned up the glass on the porch and proceeded to enter the home through the unlocked front door, not realizing they were entering a crime scene.

Disappearance of the Springfield Three. The Levitt residence two decades later.
Disappearance of the Springfield Three. The Levitt residence two decades later. | Source

Confusion sets in

At first, friends thought maybe the women had gone for a walk. Later that day when the three women failed to arrive back at the home, a friend called Stacy’s mother, Janis McCall. Janis had not known Stacy had spent the night at Suzie’s home thinking she would be staying in Battlefield overnight. Stacy had last talked to her mother the night before when she called at about 10:30pm on June 6, informing Janis she would be staying in Battlefield. After receiving the call from one of the girl's friends that had been to the home, Stacy’s mother went to Sherrill’s home and later called police to report the three missing.

When investigators arrived, they did not observe any sign of foul play or a struggle within the home. In fact, all of the women’s personal belongings including keys, makeup, purses, and clothing, were still inside the residence. The family dog, a Yorkie named Cinnamon, was anxiously running around inside the home and police noted the blinds inside the home were apart as if someone had been peeking through looking outside during the night. It appeared Sherrill had been in bed watching television, her glasses, and book on the nightstand, and cigarettes along with her lighter still in the home. Aside from the shattered globe on the porch, the glass discarded before it was determined it could have been a key piece of evidence, no additional evidence was found at the home that indicated foul play. Several searches of the surrounding area turned up nothing. It seemed like the three women had simply vaporized.

Following the women’s disappearances, police followed up on leads, interviewed individuals who had attended the party the previous evening, as well as relatives, friends, even boyfriends. One witness reported seeing a green Dodge van in the area but police were unable to identify the vehicle or owner. Several callers provided tips indicating the women may be buried at a local hospital parking structure prior to a concrete pour. Even Suzie’s older brother, Bart Streeter, has remained on the list of suspects.

The story appeared on several national TV shows including Unsolved Mysteries, 48 Hours and America’s Most Wanted (AMW). A male tipster called into AMW on New Year’s Eve in 1993 but disconnected when the operator attempted to patch the call through to Springfield Police Department. Investigators believe the individual had intimate knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the three women’s disappearance.

Robert Craig Cox, person of interest in the 1992 disappearance of the Springfield 3.
Robert Craig Cox, person of interest in the 1992 disappearance of the Springfield 3. | Source

A possible lead

Early on, Robert Craig Cox was a person of interest in the case. Cox had served time in Florida on death row for the murder of 19-year-old Sharon Zellers. The Florida Supreme Court later over-turned the conviction due to insufficient evidence tying him to the scene. Cox was arrested again in California for a kidnapping that had occurred in 1985. After his release, Cox returned to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri after serving time in connection to the kidnapping. Janis McCall told news reporters she had knowledge Cox had been working on underground cable near Sherrill’s home at the time of the three women’s disappearances.

Leaving Missouri, Cox traveled to Texas where police interrogated him about a kidnapping in Plano, Texas. Eventually, Cox was arrested in Texas and sentenced to a Texas prison for aggravated robbery. While incarcerated in Texas, Cox told a grand jury in 1994, he had been with his girlfriend the evening the women disappeared. Despite the girlfriend later coming forward and recanting her initial story, corroborating Cox’s claims in 1995, the grand jury disbands in January 1995. Later Robert Keyes, a Springfield New Leader reporter claims Cox told him he knew the women were murdered, buried in Springfield and would never be found. Cox remains in prison and not eligible for release until 2025. An estimated 5,200 leads later – nothing.

Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO, was under construction at the time of the Springfield 3 disappearances.
Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO, was under construction at the time of the Springfield 3 disappearances. | Source

Will they dig?

Former Springfield Sergeant Mark Webb who reportedly provided information to Kathee Baird, a crime reporter at the Ozark Sentinel, that brought to light what some feel could be the key to solving the case.

In 2002, law enforcement received a tip that led back to the unidentified green van spotted in the area of Levitt’s home the evening the women vanished. The caller indicated two men who had been working for a local concrete company at the time the women disappeared drove a green van. The caller told police the two men buried the women’s bodies on a farm in Webster County. After a two-week search of the property, items found at the scene and results of the search warrant were sealed.

Kathee Baird, took personal interest in the case and began an independent investigation that led her to a parking garage at Cox South Hospital that had been under construction in 1992. The hospital is only five minutes from Suzi and Sherrill’s home. Now Chief of Bolivar Police Department, Mark Webb confirmed during his time as lead investigator at Springfield Police tips were in fact received early on directing them to the hospital-parking garage but not thought to be credible.

Baird contacted Rick Norland in 2006, and asked if he would assist by scouring the area with ground penetrating radar. Norland is an expert who assisted New York City authorities following the atrocities of September 11, 2001. Norland reported to AOL news he did in fact find three anomalies that are consistent with grave-sites approximately 3 feet below the surface of the concrete. Norland recommended that a core sample be obtained from the area by drilling a hole to submerge a camera or device and positively determine what the anomalies are.

Despite Baird and Norland sharing findings and recommendations with police, a spokesperson for Springfield Police said it was not worth the thousands of dollars it would take to verify. Baird then offered to cover the cost to drill a core sample but the police spokesperson responded their own expert had concluded Norland’s findings were not credible. Experts in the field of ground penetration disagree with the police spokesperson and agree instead with Norland’s findings.

When asked if an independent team would be permitted to access the area to obtain a core sample, media relations at the hospital issued an email indicating this was an issue for the Springfield Police but would cooperate with the investigation.Even if the parking garage is not the final resting place of the three missing women, one must ask how the cost of coring an area of concrete could possibly be more of a concern that providing an answer to a family waiting 20-years for any information to end a nightmare most cannot even begin to comprehend.

Janis McCall has still waits for her missing daughter Stacy, to return home.
Janis McCall has still waits for her missing daughter Stacy, to return home. | Source

Mother's nightmare continues for decades

Stacy’s mother, Janis McCall has never given up hope she will find her daughter alive. Like other parents who search for their missing child, giving up hope is not an option. Following her daughter’s disappearance, Janis founded One Missing Link, a nonprofit organization that helps other families search for their missing loved ones.

Recalling the last time she saw her daughter, Janis said, “The last thing I said to Stacy was that I love her, thank goodness!” Janis said Stacy said she loved them and promised to call later. After the graduation they had taken pictures and had asked Stacy if she wanted to eat her graduation cake but Stacy declined and said, “Don’t cut it until I get back tomorrow!”

When a loved one is missing, family members suffer incredible turmoil in the aftermath of the disappearance. They replay the last time they saw their loved one, what they could have said, what they should have said. Is their loved one suffering? Are they injured and in a hospital? Is someone keeping them? Do they need rescue? The mind takes on a life of its own constantly revisiting their last minutes of contact. Experts agree ambiguous loss is the most traumatic psychological experience a person can endure while existing in what seems a never-ending life of limbo.

In the meantime, this incredibly courageous mother with the strength of an entire lion pride continues searching for her beloved daughter. To Janis, if there is even a small chance her daughter Stacy McCall, Suzie Streeter and Sherrill Levitt are still alive, giving up is never an option.

Janis told Discovery ID, “If there is one tenth, one hundredth of one percent of a chance I can find her – I want that - I want to find her. I want her to know how very much she means to us.” One can look into this mother’s eyes and never fully comprehend what the last twenty years has been like.

When I asked Janis if there was anything she wished she would have said to Stacy the last night she saw her, Janis says, “I wish I had told her she couldn't go anywhere that night but that is a little unrealistic. If I had only known what I know now.”

The Springfield Three on "Disappeared"

© 2013 Kym L Pasqualini


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      Kym L Pasqualini 15 hours ago from Carefree, AZ

      Something we need to find out! Can you help?

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      Pjd 45 hours ago

      What is the Contractors name who poured concrete at hospital?

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      Tim 9 months ago

      Why will they not check out that garage? This sounds more like being stiffnecked than smart.

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      Dj ReZeReKt 20 months ago

      Hey have direct information regarding a 20 year old missing persons case. Have you told anyone else about it that can actually help?

      I suggest you do.

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      Tommy G 21 months ago

      I think the Springfield pd should talk to a man named Rob Beckett who is from what they called back in the 1990s the hollar he made a comment to me back then that he new for a fact That they were buried under the sand of a concrete slab that was going to be poured in the next few days but it wasn't a parking structure it was an Office building just east of Glenstone on that same main street that the hospital was on I can't remember the name of the street

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      irene gronewald 2 years ago

      i think it was a crime of opportunity..the obscene phone calls...when friends arrived , had been going on for a while,,most likely,it could of been just that someone observed the attractive lady or ladies,and had done time for simular crimes...and an easy location,conveinent for disposing the one benefited...monetarily...except father and x`husband with (chil support to pay)was there insurance policy on wife and daughter? maybe not...did son seem sufficiently grieved?did he ,own or have a weapon?my church raised 50,ooo for parking lot...yrs.ago~one yr. later tore it up threw it away to expand bldg.this is bull~hockey not to dig this lot up .one man with a gun...control three scared women?maybe..i think two

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      Jana leleux 2 years ago

      I just watched the episode on ID. My heart is broken, why not just dig up the concrete. I say do a fundraiser raise the money to pay to replace the concrete ya know. It's sad and family should have closure. The killer knew what he was doing he knew if he hid their bodies there this would happen. If it was my child and there was a chance my child's body was hidden in concrete. I would be buzy with a jack hammer.

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      lisa 2 years ago

      I don't understand the police not wanting to do the core testing of the concrete, very weird

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      Melanie 2 years ago

      We need to post this pettition link everywhere

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      Melanie 2 years ago

      I can't believe they won't authorize a core sample to be taken of the parking lot floor. What's wrong with these people?! The cost of the sample won't come out of the hospitals pocket... What's the harm? I feel the family's and Kathee Baird's frustration.

      So what that the concrete was poured a year later... They could've been buried somewhere else and then moved when the site was ready. I don't get this

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      Daryl Marquette Russell 2 years ago

      I have been a law enforcement officer for over 35 years and highly recommend that the family and or community organize a website to raise funds for the core sampling. It seems ridiculous that these women could be buried under concrete and nothing is being done about it....

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      Jacqie Lucas 2 years ago

      the families should go fund this. I'm sure people would donate

      I would

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      Ayanna 2 years ago

      I really don't know much about what went on in the 90's but don't you think they would swab the blinds? And also, 3 people cost way more than concrete mix, and digging up a hole in concrete. It's bodies! Just dig them up! Are they serious? This is a crime and nobody is doing anything about it? I just hope they can make it alive. It would be a shame if they were not. People these days are not right.

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      Bente 2 years ago

      kymp...the statement regarding the psychics were that several had claimed to have seen or sensed, in dreams or visions, different things. The one common location was the Cox parking garage. Believer or not, this lead would have been looked into if the Springfield Police Dept was willing to solve this case. With over 5000 tips, I'm sure they have checked out leads with a lot less significance!

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      big pimpin 3 years ago

      Richard wendt is a suspect. watch yourself kymp

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      Just History 3 years ago from England

      Unbelievable that this can happen in our modern times- great sympathy to those families involved

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      john doe 3 years ago

      Marionville doesn't have a PD!!!

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      Cheryl 3 years ago

      I am looking for some more signatures for this petition to dig up a hospital parking structure in Springfield, MO where 3 women went missing in 1992. This parking structure was under construction at the time of their disappearance and a ground penetrating radar revealed 3 human sized anomalies under the concrete.

      Please read and sign if you are interested in this case, I would love for the families of these women to get some closure:

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      Richard Wendt 3 years ago

      I watched the Disappeared video again last night and I noticed a few things that bear looking into and it didn't jump out at me the first or second time I looked at it.

      The deal on the park lot garage is that it was allegedly all the result of a psychic vision. If one looks at the video it is evident that there were numerous reports of that garage. Additionally, one of the primary detectives said there were several such reports. So evidently that much is true. At this point I am agnostic. To core the garage floor would be very inexpensive to just drop a probe into the hole and see what is there. I think it should be done once and for all to put this question to bed.

      Having said that, I still believe the prime perp is known. I can't really see how it could be anyone else based on what I know of him. If I were in Springfield I would go to the Circuit Clerk's office to review the court documents to find out what the charges were back about 1992. Unfortunately "Missouri Casenet" does not provide the charges of the complaint.

      If only a psychic vision was involved and he was quite proficient in spreading this supposed vision I would discount it entirely. That does not seem to be true. Therefore it is an open question since it appears to be factual that the concrete pour came after the women went missing. They could have been buried later if their bodies were refrigerated. The rendering of the machine by Mr. Norland who has excellent credentials having been used at the 9/11 site and what I have been able to research of him and the images so clear that I don't believe it should be ruled off the table. It may very well be that the department has too much invested in the narrative that it would be a public relations nightmare to in the end to discover the remains there. Therefore it should be cored and they will have to take their lumps.

      The video revealed information I did not possess when I made my earlier post.

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      Kym L Pasqualini 3 years ago from Carefree, AZ

      Thank you so much for commenting Richard. There is a very high probability you are correct in your assessment of the case. I was actually unaware the tip was provided by a psychic. I really appreciate you sharing this. In my twenty-years, I have heard hundreds of leads from psychic individuals who may be well intended but sentence families to a perpetual roller-coaster ride and send law enforcement in circles chasing ghosts. Though I am not dismissing the validity of every lead provided by psychics on unsolved cases, I can only wish those who hold the key as to the identity of the perpetrator(s) and location of the remains, realize enough time has passed and enough suffering inflicted on the families. It is my hope they decide "only the truth" will set them free.

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      Richard Wendt 3 years ago

      Personally, I think the garage is a dry hole but they could core it for a few hundred dollars. Unfortunately this whole business came about as a result of a psychic vision which doomed it from the start.

      I am relatively certain that the perp/kidnapper is known but that there are bigger fish up the line.

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      Kym L Pasqualini 3 years ago from Carefree, AZ

      So far law enforcement and officials have denied breaking up the parking basis. It is clear preserving their budget is more important than providing any answers to families of the missing.

      Eddig a bűnüldözés és a tisztviselők tagadta szakítás a parkoló alapján . Nyilvánvaló, megőrizve költségvetés sokkal fontosabb, mint hogy bármilyen választ családok a hiányzó .

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      Ónodi István 3 years ago

      Miért nem törik fel a parkoló alapját???

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      Kym L Pasqualini 3 years ago from Carefree, AZ

      I am a believer exchanging justice for heinous crimes. Of course justice is important but "peace" for the families is also important. If someone would only come forward, I know I would lead the support for a plea bargain in order to bring Sherill Levitt, her daughter Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall home.

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      SpfldMo65803 4 years ago

      I have heard for years that the son of a Greene county deputy and the son of a Springfield Police Officer were involved in the this.

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      Patrick 4 years ago

      I just watched the episode on ID of the Springfield Three. I don't f*cking get it, it ends with a mystery. What the hell, break open the fucking Parking garage floor. Big deal, they might solve the case.

      I'm stunned by the idiotic decision not to.

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      Kym L Pasqualini 4 years ago from Carefree, AZ

      I really appreciate everyone taking the time to read and comment on this story that has become near and dear t my heart. I agree with every person here. Given the new technologies available, it really is unfathomable that more has not been done to locate Suzie, Stacy, and Sherrill, or at least rule potential locations out. Unfortunately, these families will suffer the ambiguity of "not knowing" until law enforcement is able to provide answers. Writing and calling the Springfield Police Department and contacting media doesn't hurt and very much appreciated.

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      amber 4 years ago

      this just sickens me and makes me dispise springfield police even more..its sickens me they haven't dug up that site...everyone please call the pathetic springfield police station and complain complain complain i mean these ppl need closer and justice!!!!! reasons just like this is why i don't live there anymore. authorties have no morals there.

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      mimi97 4 years ago

      Everyone, all of us all over the world need to continually contact the police department about taking samples or digging up that parking garage until they do it! Its digusting to not let these families have closure one way or another!!

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      Jbee 4 years ago

      This is beyond me on why they can't sample that sight. I'm disturbed.

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      Georgina 4 years ago

      Any new information on this case?

      I find it astounding that they haven't established if the bodies are buried in that Hospital car park or not. With today's technology they can simply drill down and take some samples. They don't need to dig it up if those samples come back negative. It truly boggles the mind. Every lead should be eliminated thoroughly.

      I hope the families get some answers soon.

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      David Dax 4 years ago

      This is beyond understanding. Would the families have grounds to sue the hospital or the police or both?

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      sas 4 years ago

      Very upsetting they never tore up the concrete to find the missing woman. :( $1000's would have been worth giving the family a peace of mind even after 20 years.

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      Sharese 4 years ago

      This is so sad that this has come down to a money issue. They should've been tried to find those ladies under this garage. I'm outraged! This is closure to these families & that's priceless.

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      nbs 4 years ago

      Sounds like the springfield police have something to hide. I would think if your really trying to find someone you would exhaust every possible situation. It just doesn't sit right to not take a sample especially when it was under construction when they went missing.

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      Michelle 4 years ago

      I'm boggled by the fact that the Springfield Police wouldn't allow a core sample.

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      Lori J Latimer 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you for sharing this information, hopefully your additions to HubPages will bring about some answers.

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      Kym L Pasqualini 4 years ago from Carefree, AZ

      Lisa, thank you so much for your comment and you are absolutely right! Until a missing loved one is found we can never give up hope!

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      lisa42 4 years ago from Sacramento

      After the amazing escape of the three women in Ohio, I hope that there is also some hope of these women some day returning to their families.