Mo. -- Springfield Police are downplaying the significance of a possible new
lead in the three missing women case.
Matt Brown says investigators have been in contact with the McDonald County
Sheriff's Office regarding the latest lead. However, he says it's the same
information from a lead in 2009, and has been "thoroughly
say that inmate has provided several conflicting statements, none of which are
consistent with the facts of the case.
are always open to any new developments related to this case and will fully
investigate them," adds Cpl. Brown. "We will review any new
information the McDonald County Sheriff's Office may have obtained to determine
if any further investigation of this particular lead is warranted."
The Springfield Police Department says it continues
to receive tips related to this investigation from a variety of sources,
including other law enforcement agencies on a regular basis and each of those
are investigated to the fullest extent possible.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A possible lead has surfaced in
the 20-year-old case of the three missing Springfield women.
detective with the McDonald County Sheriff's Department recently traveled to
North Carolina to interview an inmate about a separate missing person case in
the interview, that inmate claimed to have knowledge of the missing women case
and who was responsible. The detective confirms that this interview took place
and the information was given in front of another police agency and that the
inmate went on to pass a polygraph test.
McDonald County Sheriff is now working with the Springfield Police Department
to follow up on this lead.
Along with the detective, KOLR10 News spoke to Janis
McCall, mother of Stacy McCall, one of the three missing women. Janis
says she and her husband are aware of the new information, but are not
comments at this time. Instead, they're waiting for the local police
follow up on this information and contact their family and the other
In June 1992, Sherill Levitt, 47, her daughter Suzanne
Streeter, 19, and Streeter's friend Stacy McCall, 18, disappeared from a
home at 1717 E. Delmar.
Springfield Police, family, and friends of the missing women and the community
have chased leads and fought for answers. Police say
retesting decades-old evidence may be the future of this case.
McCall and Streeter had just graduated from Kickapoo High School. The girls
were eager to head out to graduation parties, but after making stops at several
parties the girls opted to return to Streeter and Levitt's home. Police believe
the women went missing sometime between 2:30 and 8
a.m. on Sunday, June 7, 1992.
Cars and purses
were left behind. No sign of struggle. Nothing out of place -- except for a
broken glass globe over the porch light. Janis McCall pushed police to
Marionville Police Chief Mark Webb was then a 34-year-old officer on the
Springfield Police force in charge of crimes against persons.
was a lag there, of at least a day before it really got rolling."
disappeared over a weekend.
as soon as we realized that this was not the normal missing person,"
who returned to work Monday began backtracking, retracing the women's steps and
their last contacts.
contacting where the people were last seen, at the parties, there's lots of
people at the graduation party. Did you see anything, did you hear anything,
did you notice anything unusual?"
searches by air, land and water.
became so big, so fast that the police department was basically
overwhelmed." The FBI was called in. "National media came. They had
shot in the interior of the home, of detectives as they worked, of every aspect
of this case as it unfolded. Days turned to weeks, months and years. The
department would often refocus the case, putting a new detective on it looking
for answers, something missed.
prompted digs, looking for the women's remains on property in Webster County in August 2002, and on
property in Barry County in April 2003. In 2010,
the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children contacted the SPD. "They called me,"
says Lt. David Millsap. "And said we have a cold case review team that
looks at these cases."
department did its homework.
figured out early on this was not going to be an easy process. We have over
25,000 police reports -- over 5,000 investigative leads."
In 1992, many
reports were hand-written. Many leads jotted on small note cards from the
hundreds of calls that came in. A four-person team reorganized the documents.
Made them digital.
took nearly a year and a half," says Lt. Millsap.
On the team,
the most veteran detective has been with the department more than 20 years. The
youngest of the detective was in junior high in 1992.
have a new generation of investigators know the case," says Lt. Millsap.
April Washington, D.C. visit, three people from NCMEC visited Springfield for a prep
took a little field trip around Springfield, looked at the house
where the abduction occurred, went to the areas where the girls had been that
The April 2012
presentation in DC lasted nearly 3 full days in front of a 25-person panel of
over physical evidence that was collected at the scene. We went over the
timelines of the victims. We also discussed some of the people looked at as
possible suspects. There are people that we have looked at and are completely
ruled out. There are people we have looked at for the last 20 years and are
still not completely ruled out.
profession has improved so much since 1992, especially in the area of science,
so is there a piece of DNA evidence out there that
hasn't been tested or was tested years ago, but the process is better now that
may lead us in a good direction?
tell you that we are constantly reviewing evidence that is found at the scene
and we will, I think, have the opportunity to have some things retested."
A reward fund
of $42,000 has been established for the location and prosecution of the person
or persons responsible for the abduction of the three women.
Anyone with information is asked to call our Crime Stoppers tip line at 869-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip on-line through our Crime Stoppers link or to directly call the police department.