MISSING – The Springfield Three: Remembering Missing Women 25 Years After Infamous Disappearance

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Left to right: Stacy McCall (18), Suzie Streeter (19), Sherrill Levitt (47).

Left to right: Stacy McCall (18), Suzie Streeter (19), Sherrill Levitt (47).

Left to right: Stacy McCall (18), Suzie Streeter (19), Sherrill Levitt (47).

Tony Madden and Magdelaine Mueller

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June 7, 1992 is a date that still sends chills down the spines of Kickapoo alumni, as well as those of citizens all over the Springfield area. Just one day after the commencement ceremony for the class of 1992, new graduates Stacy McCall and Suzie Streeter, with Streeter’s mother, Sherrill Levitt, disappeared without a trace from Levitt and Streeter’s home on east Delmar Street in Springfield.

McCall and Streeter were last seen at approximately 2:00 A.M. on June 7 at the Battlefield home of their classmate and friend Janelle Kirby. They were seen leaving in separate cars, and were on their way to Streeter’s home to stay the night, according to a 1992 report from The Springfield News-Leader. The same report says that Levitt was last seen at approximately 4:00 PM at the graduation ceremony on June 6. A statement from the Springfield Police Department’s (S.P.D.) website reports that Levitt was last heard from at approximately 11:15 PM on the evening of June 6, when she spoke with a friend on the phone.

Soon after the women were reported missing, a KY3 report described how the house on Delmar Street appeared to be completely untouched after the disappearance, other than a broken porch light.

“There was no sign of struggle. In fact, the front door was unlocked. The TV was on. Their clothes were still there. Their purses and personal items untouched,” the report said.

According to Kirby, she and the girls had planned a trip to Branson for the day after graduation. These plans, however, were not carried out.

“They said they were going to the other girl’s [Streeter’s] house and they were going to be spending the night there and they’d call me in the morning so we could go to White Water,” Kirby said in the report.

Kirby went on to explain how when the girls wouldn’t answer her phone calls, she went over to the Delmar house to see what was going on.

“I called and I called and I called and I got no answer. So I went over there and they weren’t there,” she said.

Only one odd thing stood out to Kirby when she went over to the house. Kirby, with only flip-flops covering her feet, was puzzled to find the mess of shattered glass on the front porch.

“…the first thing we noticed was the porch light was broken…I figured Sherrill would have cleaned it up if she had known that the glass was broken,” Kirby said in a recent interview. She also mentioned that all three women’s cars were at the house.

Kirby went on to explain how, at the time, she assumed that McCall, Streeter and Levitt had gone out to eat, so she left the house and came back later in the day. The women were still nowhere to be found.

“I fully expected them to walk in at any minute,” she said.

Janis McCall, Stacy McCall’s mother, explained how while Stacy wasn’t answering her phone calls at Streeter and Levitt’s home, it did not make her nervous about her daughter’s whereabouts.

“I didn’t worry too much because I thought they might have gone out for breakfast or lunch or something,” Janis said.

It wasn’t until the evening of June 7 that a “frantic” Janis went over to Streeter and Levitt’s home on Delmar to look for her daughter.

According to Janis, one of McCall’s friend’s mothers told her that the women were nowhere to be found. She also added that all of their belongings were still at the house.

Janis explained how upon arrival, she saw the women’s cars, purses, clothes and other belongings. She also noted that the television was still on, and that Levitt and Streeter, both known to be regular smokers, left their cigarettes behind.

After Janis went into the house and yelled for Stacy with no answer, Kirby, Kirby’s boyfriend and “a few others” showed up at the Delmar home.

“…there were approximately 15 people in that house,” Janis said.

It was from here, the former Streeter home on Delmar Street, that Stacy McCall, Suzie Streeter and Sherrill Levitt disappeared on June 7, 1992: just one day after McCall and Streeter graduated from Kickapoo. All of the women’s belongings, including their clothes, purses, makeup and cars were found at the house.

She went on to explain that because so many people were in the house that evening, certain parts of the crime scene could have been compromised.

She also added that how, while she didn’t attend, Janis wanted McCall to go to Project Graduation on the night of the ceremony.

“I really talked to her about going to Project Graduation,” Janis said.

She went on to add how McCall changed her mind at the last minute about going, as she realized that she would never see some of her classmates again. To McCall’s disappointment, it was too late to purchase a ticket.

“…you had to buy the tickets three weeks ahead of time,” Janis recalled.

After making some phone calls to ensure that no unidentified women had been admitted to the hospital, Janis had to make a grave decision.

“I finally called the police,” Janis said. She described how her heart went “plop,” when the police showed up and they began to fill out a missing person’s report for McCall, Streeter and Levitt.

“That was weird,” Kirby said about having to call the police. “…I’d never had to call the police for anything.”

Janis went on to add how she really knew that something was wrong when the police officer said, “We’ve decided to file this as a missing person case- foul play suspected.”

Janis also described her frustration with a certain S.P.D. sergeant when he told her that he figured McCall, Streeter and Levitt had “gone off on a lark.” She explained how they couldn’t have just run away, as all of the women had left behind their belongings- including their clothes and purses.

“…my daughter only had on her tee shirt and her underpants. Everything else is there [at the Delmar house]- including her bra, including her shoes, including her makeup, including her swimsuit,” Janis said, remembering what she said in reply to the sergeant.

She also explained how Levitt had over $900.00 in her purse when it was found at her house, which she wouldn’t have left behind.

The missing women were all that anyone could talk about for weeks following June 7, 1992. The case dominated news cycles in the Ozarks for the entire summer, often with headlines like

“No trace,” “Where are they?” and “Three women vanish.” The case has also been featured on national news outlets, as well as popular television programs like Disappeared, 48 Hours and America’s Most Wanted, according to a September 1992 issue of Kickapoo’s Prairie News.

Kirby recalls how she felt in those weeks following the disappearance of her closest friends with shock, sadness and utter confusion.

“…I didn’t know what a missing person was 25 years ago,” Kirby said. “…I fully expected them to walk in any minute.”

Janis remembers her daughter as someone who was always there to lend a helping hand. She remembers one story in particular, in which McCall befriended a freshman in one of her senior art classes.

“…the freshman felt really good. She wrote a letter to me and…we’ve become friends,” Janis said. “…Stacy was doing something that she needed to do. She needed to help somebody else and she was always out there to do that.”

According to Janis, McCall was always known for being a bubbly and silly person. Janis recalls a story from the night before McCall disappeared, when their family went out for a meal at a steakhouse when McCall went to get dessert.

“…she got a little ice cream bowl. She put it in there and filled it up, not with ice cream- gummy bears,” Janis said. It was moments like this, Janis says, that gave McCall her nickname, “Spacey Stacy.”

“We love her and miss her and want her back,” Janis said.

Kirby remembers McCall and Streeter fondly as well. She refers to them as “great friends.”

“Stacy was bubbly, funny, sweet, loving. Suzie was more outgoing- loving, caring,” Kirby said. She added that Levitt was not only a good mother to Streeter, but also an all around great person.

“She made everyone welcome who came to her house,” Kirby remembers.

In memory of Streeter and Levitt, Streeter’s brother, Bart Streeter, set up Streeter Family Blogg. The webpage includes photos, blog posts, videos, persons of interest and more involving the disappearance.

“…this site has been a way for us to reflect on these years of mourning,” the blog says on its FAQ page.

Both Kirby and Janis also shared what they would want McCall, Streeter and Levitt to know after all of these years without them.

“We love her and miss her and want her back,” Janis said of her daughter. “If she can get back, it doesn’t matter what’s happened. It doesn’t matter where she’s been, who she’s been with. Anything…” Janis also explained that if her daughter has died, she looks forward to seeing her in heaven.

“We’ll be there with her,” Janis said.

Kirby emphasized that she wants the women to know that even though 25 years have passed since she last saw them, she’s never stopped missing them.

“…I’ve never given up hope that we would find them…I’ve missed them every single day that they’ve been gone,” she said. Kirby also wants McCall and Streeter to know that she wishes this had never happened, and that they had gone off to college and eventually had children and grown old together.

Kirby also shared what she would like the Kickapoo community to know about the disappearance of McCall, Streeter and Levitt.

“I never want anyone to forget what happened. I want it to be on everybody’s minds,” Kirby said. She also emphasized how important it is for students to always cherish their friendships.

“…I’m proof that in one day, they’re all gone…those were my two best friends. We planned to go to college together. We planned a whole summer together,” Kirby said. “And then in the blink of an eye, they were gone.”

Stacy McCall (middle) and Suzie Streeter (right) pose for a photo with classmate and friend Janelle Kirby (left) at their graduation from Kickapoo on June 6, 1992. Streeter’s mother, Sherrill Levitt, was last seen here. Just hours later, Streeter and McCall would be seen for the last time leaving Kirby’s home in Battlefield, Missouri at around 2:00 A.M. Photo courtesy of Janelle Kirby.

According to the S.P.D. website, the investigation has still not produced any concrete leads, even after 25 years since that puzzling day after graduation in 1992.

“With the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and numerous other law enforcement agencies, an extensive investigation into the lives of the missing women has been conducted with no positive leads concerning the reason for their disappearance or their location,” the website says.

In an S.P.D. news release from October 25, 2012, they announced that the case of The Springfield Three is still an “open and active investigation.”

S.P.D. still urges anyone with information regarding the missing women case to contact them at 864-1810 or 869- TIPS.

“Since the time of the disappearance, a number of different case theories, names of possible suspects, and vehicle descriptions have been made public,” S.P.D. said in a statement from June 2012. “The police department remains open to all possibilities, and it stresses that it does not want any previously-released information to keep someone from contacting authorities.”

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