They had their whole lives ahead of them.
Suzie Streeter was 19 on June 7th, 1992. She had just celebrated her high school graduation with close friend Stacy McCall (then 18) in their hometown of Springfield, Missouri. After attending another friend’s grad party, Suzie and Stacy decided to crash at Suzie’s place, which she shared with her mother, 47-year-old Sherrill Levitt.
Some time between 2 am and 8 am on the night of June 7th, all three women vanished. A high school friend of the girls came looking for them at the house at around 8 in the morning. She found the globe over the porch light smashed and the front door open. Except for the broken light fixture, there were no other signs of foul play, but all the women’s purses and cigarettes were in the home and the family dog appeared to be extremely agitated. The beds seemed to have been slept in.
While the teenager was still in the house, the phone rang. The caller was a male who said lewd sexual things until the friend hung up, after which the man called back. The calls freaked the friend out enough that she left the house. Later that afternoon, Janis McCall–Stacy’s mother–arrived at the house looking for her daughter, and found the same strange scene. She immediately felt that there was something wrong, and called police to report the three women missing. Unfortunately, while playing the messages on Levitt’s machine, McCall deleted a message from an unknown man which the police felt could have been evidence.
Over 23 years later, the women still have not been seen, but there have been several leads.
- One of the first suspects was Bartt Streeter, Suzie’s older brother. Bartt had a drinking problem and had recently fought with his mother and sister, but he was soon cleared. He is still haunted by their disappearance and the fact that he never got to patch things up with them.
- Many people believe Robert Cox is responsible for the women’s disappearance. Cox is a convicted kidnapper and suspected murderer who was living in the area at the time of the crime. He has given several leading statements to local media, claiming that he “knows the women are dead” and that “They’re buried close to Springfield,” but police aren’t sure if he’s legit or if he is only trying to get attention. Cox is currently serving time in a Texas prison for aggravated robbery.
- Dustin Recla, Suzie Streeter’s ex-boyfriend, and his friend Michael Clay, had a falling out with Suzie after the men were charged with vandalizing a mausoleum and selling gold teeth they stole from the corpses (nice). Clay reportedly said he wished all three women were dead, and the police could not confirm the men’s alibi. However, no evidence has been found linking them to the crime. They have not been ruled out as suspects.
- A witness told detectives that she saw a van being driven by a woman she believed to be Suzie Streeter on the morning of the women’s disappearance. Suzie appeared to be distressed. As the van pulled into the witness’s street, the witness heard a man’s voice telling the driver to just back out slowly and get them out of there. “Don’t do anything stupid,” he apparently said.
- Several tips have pointed the police in the direction of the south parking garage at the Cox Hospital, which was still under construction when the three women disappeared. A curious reporter hired a reputable mechanical engineer who specialises in ground penetration radar to scan the parking garage. One small area of the parking lot was found to have three anomalies. While the engineer could not promise that the anomalies were bodies, he did say that they were similar to what he’d see in a graveyard. Apparently the police are not convinced, since this discovery was made in 2010, and they’ve refused to have a core sample taken from the concrete–even though the engineer offered to pay for it.
It is extremely rare for three women to vanish at the same time. Whatever happened to Sherrill, Suzie, and Stacy? Janis McCall continues to search for her daughter, and holds out hope that the three missing women will be found alive.
Since kidnap victims have been rescued as much as 24 years after their disappearance, it is a possibility.
What do you think happened to the Springfield Three? Do you think the police should dig up the hospital parking garage?
If you have any information about this crime, you can now text an anonymous tip to the Springfield Police Department. Just text 417SPD plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). You can also call 417-869-8477 (TIPS).