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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 on 1717 E. Delmar St, Springfield, Missouri. Their whereabouts or their remains have never been discovered.
Sherrill, the mother of Suzanne Streeter, was born on November 1, 1944 (age 47 in June 1992). At the time of her disappearance, she was 5 feet 0 inches (1.52 m), 110 pounds (50 kg), with short light blonde hair and brown eyes. Her ears are pierced.
Suzanne was born on March 9, 1973 (age 19 in 1992), and at the time of her disappearance was 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m), 102 pounds (46 kg), with shoulder length blonde hair and brown eyes. She has a scar on her upper right forearm and a small mole on the left corner of her mouth. Her teeth may appear larger than normal. Both of her ears are pierced; the left ear is pierced twice, including a hole in the upper portion of her ear,
Stacy was born on April 23, 1974 (age 18 in 1992), and at the time of her disappearance was 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) and 120 pounds (54 kg). She has pierced ears, long dark blonde hair and light-colored eyes, and a birthmark on her chin near her lip and on her right arm.
Stacy McCall and Suzanne Streeter graduated from Kickapoo High School on June 6, 1992. They were last seen at around 2:00 am on June 7 as they left a graduation party at a friend's house. They were also at Battlefield, Missouri at some point that night. 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 mother's house. Sherrill Levitt, 47, a cosmetologist at a local salon, was a single mother and especially close to her only daughter. It appeared that they arrived at the residence, because their clothing, jewelry, purses and vehicles were still at this location.
The parents of Stacy McCall contacted police in reference to their daughter's disappearance from Levitt's home, at least twelve hours after the women were last seen. Other friends and family began calling and visited the house during the day. The police later admitted that the crime scene had possibly been tainted by the twenty or so people who visited Levitt's house. Upon officers' arrival, the house bore no signs of a struggle, except for a shattered porch globe (the light bulb was still illuminated) that was cleaned up by well-meaning friends of the missing women. All personal property was left behind including purses, money, cars, keys, cigarettes, and the family dog.
Levitt was last heard from at approximately 11:15 p.m. on June 6, 1992, when she talked with a friend about painting a chest of drawers. Levitt's car and the furniture she was refinishing as well as her personal belongings were found inside the residence, and it appeared her bed had been slept in when friends and police arrived to check the residence.
Robert Craig Cox told journalists that he knew the women had been murdered and buried and claimed their bodies would never be recovered. Cox, a convicted kidnapper and robber and the suspect in a Florida murder (convicted of the murder until overturned by the Florida Supreme Court), told investigators that he was staying the night with his girlfriend in the Springfield area the night the women disappeared; he later told investigators that he stayed 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. Cox has told authorities and journalists that he will tell them what happened to the three women after his mother dies.
Local rumors surround Springfield businessman Gerald Carnahan. Carnahan was convicted December 2010 of the abduction, rape and murder of 20-year-old Jackie Johns of Nixa, Missouri, in 1985. Although he had been the prime suspect in that case since it occurred, attempts to charge him with the crime failed due to lack of evidence until 2007, after his DNA was matched to a preserved semen sample from the 22-year-old cold case. He served a two-year sentence for the attempted abduction of 18-year-old Heather Starkey in 1993, and another four-year sentence for burglary and arson after attempting to burn down a rival business. He was a free man in 1992; there is nothing to suggest that Carnahan was ever questioned or considered a suspect in the case of the Springfield Three by police. Carnahan is serving a life sentence for the Johns murder.
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.