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The Springfield Three: 30-Year-Old Cold Case

Stacy McCall, Suzanne Streeter, and Sherrill Levitt

Stacy McCall, Suzanne Streeter, and Sherrill Levitt

The Springfield Three

Suzanne Streeter, 19, and Stacy McCall, 18, graduated from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri, on June 6th, 1992. Their celebration plans included attending multiple graduation parties that evening, after which they would stay the night at a hotel in Branson. The following morning they would head out to White Water, a water park, with a group of friends and fellow graduates.

However, by 10:30 PM, they no longer felt like making the drive to Branson and decided they’d go the next morning instead. They would now be staying the night over at their friend Janelle Kirby’s house.

McCall made a call to her mother, Janis, to check in and to let her know about their change of plans. This would be the final time Janis spoke to her daughter.

Streeter and McCall then attended a party at the home of one of Janelle’s neighbors and stayed there until well after midnight. By around 2 AM, the girls were ready to go to bed, but they found that Janelle’s house was too crowded for them to sleep over, due to her having family in town.

At this point, they decided that they would spend the night at Streeter’s house instead, which was located at 1717 East Delmar Street and which she shared with her 47-year-old mother, Sherrill Levitt.

Levitt, a single mother, worked as a cosmetologist at New Attitudes Hair Salon. She and her daughter had only just moved into this home the previous April. She also had a son, Bart, from whom she had become estranged in recent years.

Streeter and McCall assured Janelle that they’d come back in the morning and that the three of them would still go to the water park together.

The house at 1717 East Delmar Street.

The house at 1717 East Delmar Street.

Missing

When Suzanne Streeter and Stacy McCall did not show up at Janelle’s house the next morning, Janelle tried to call them multiple times, but each time received no answer. Initially, she wasn’t worried and believed that the two had likely slept in, due to the fact that they’d been up very late the previous night.

But as the hours passed, Janelle started to think that she should go over to the home on East Delmar Street, just to check things out.

Janelle and her boyfriend Mike went over and found something odd right away: the front porch light was broken and glass was all over the porch. Specifically, the globe which encased the bulb was broken, not the bulb itself. They didn’t find this concerning, however, and Mike even swept the glass up for them, thinking no more about it.

The cars of each of the three women were parked out front, although it was notable that Streeter’s car, which she parked in the exact same spot everyday, was in a different location. Had someone else been parked there when Streeter and McCall arrived?

Janelle and Mike found the front door unlocked, but no one was inside. They assumed that they had probably just missed them and that perhaps they had already left for the water park. However, as they were about to leave, the phone rang. Janelle picked it up and was greeted by an unfamiliar male voice saying lewd things on the other end of the line. She hung up.

Janelle couldn’t give any specifics as to what he said, but she was adamant that the caller had been saying a lot of inappropriate sexual things to her.

Even this they didn’t find especially weird, since Streeter had remarked to Janelle recently that she had been receiving a lot of prank calls. After this, Janelle and Mike left.

When Streeter and McCall did not show up at the water park, Janelle felt that they should go back to the house to see if the girls were back yet. But when she and Mike arrived, the only person they found was Janis McCall, Stacy’s mother, who was hoping to find her daughter there. But the home was still empty.

This time they investigated further and found, bizarrely, the purses of the three women lined up on the floor in Streeter’s bedroom. Levitt’s dog, Cinnamon, was in the home as well and seemed to be frantic. Nothing appeared to have been stolen and there were no signs of forced entry.

Janelle also discovered that a message had been left on the answering machine in their absence and when she listened to it, found that it was the same male voice she had heard on the phone earlier, once again saying crude things. Unfortunately, she accidentally deleted this message.

Finally, they called the police. While waiting for them to arrive, Janelle made the questionable choice to clean the house, thus contaminating what was a probable crime scene further.

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Suspects

Streeter’s ex-boyfriend, Dustin, was one of the first names to come up as a suspect. He had recently been arrested for being part of a grave-robbing gang and this was allegedly the reason why Streeter broke up with him. Additionally, she reportedly gave a statement to police implicating him in the crime and was going to be testifying against him in just a few months.

Although none of the young men in this gang had a solid alibi for that night, there was nothing to definitively link them to the disappearance of Streeter, McCall, and Levitt, and each passed a polygraph test.

Bart Streeter was suspected as well, due to his history of alcoholism and aggression, and coupled with the fact that he was known to have had a falling out with both his mother and his sister. His alibi was that he had been drinking and then went home and passed out.

Since he had been alone, no one could corroborate his story that he had spent the rest of the evening at home. But again, there was no evidence to link him to this case and he passed a polygraph test as well.

Possible Sighting?

A woman in the neighborhood reported having seen a green van in the area just two days after the women went missing. Supposedly, a blonde woman was driving and the witness heard an aggressive male voice telling her: “Don’t do anything stupid.”

The witness pointed out a picture of Suzanne Streeter to the authorities, claiming that this was the woman who was driving the van.

Robert Cox

Robert Craig Cox, a convicted kidnapper and the man who lived across the street from Streeter and Levitt at the time of their disappearance, has hinted to the Springfield Police for years that he knows what happened to them.

During an interview, Cox had this to say when asked about The Springfield Three: “I know that they are dead. I’ll say that. And I know that.” He’s also been quoted as saying that he’ll elaborate on what he knows once his mother has passed away.

Parking Garage

In 2007, based on a tip, an engineer was hired to use ground-penetrating radar to scan a Cox South Hospital parking garage. According to him, he picked up on three distinct shapes, which were seemingly consistent with being three sets of human remains.

The parking garage in question was built a year after the disappearance and it is believed to be unlikely that the bodies wouldn’t have turned up during the excavation that was done during the building process.

Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the Springfield Police Department, stated:

"Digging up the area and subsequently reconstructing this structure would be extremely costly, and without any reasonable belief that the bodies could be located here, it is illogical to do so, and for those reasons SPD does not intend to. Investigators have determined this lead to not be credible."

Status of Case

As of yet, there have been no further developments in the case and unfortunately, there is no hard evidence for law enforcement to work with. It’s as if these women simply vanished into thin air.

Suzanne Streeter, Stacy McCall, and Sherrill Levitt have now been missing for 30 years.

Sources

"Springfield Three," Wikipedia

"The Springfield Three: 30 years since the disappearance of Suzie Streeter, Sherrill Levitt and Stacy McCall," KY3 Staff, KY3, June 6, 2022

"30 years after The Springfield Three vanished, here's what we know," Greta Cross, Springfield News-Leader, June 3, 2022