Mom of 1 of 3 missing women from Springfield won't give up hope
Springfield's 25-year mystery: 3 missing women
By reporter Paula Morehouse and videographer Justin Haase, KY3 News |
Posted: Wed 1:25 PM, Jun 07, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - It was a crime that shook Springfield to its core and made national headlines. June 7 marks 25 years since Sherrill (SP) Levitt, Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall vanished without a trace from a home in central Springfield.
Their disappearance still haunts those closest to the investigation. The most visible relative of the three women, Stacy McCall's mother, says she'll never give up on finding her daughter.
The three women vanished into the night but Sherrill (SP) Levitt, her daughter Suzie Streeter, and her friend Stacy McCall, never left our lives. Fresh flowers adorn a bench built in their honor in Phelps Grove Park and their images, frozen from 1992, still hang in a few storefronts.
"There's no way I can picture her other then as she went out the door at 18,” said Janis McCall, Stacy’s mother.
McCall has never given up hope. Since the beginning, she's worked tirelessly, telling anyone and everyone about the three missing women.
The day that changed so many lives started with a celebration: Graduation Day for Stacy and Suzie. After a few parties, the two friends went to Suzie's house. That was the last time anyone reports seeing them and Levitt.
The mystery has fueled thousands of leads, theories, and rumors over the years.
In 2007, after speculation that the women were buried under a Cox South Hospital parking garage, a local writer hired a consulting engineer who used ground penetrating radar to scan the garage. The man running it said his machine picked up three distinct objects. McCall, though, isn't convinced.
"And it came about from a psychic and I told him at the time that was complete craziness,” she said on Tuesday.
Springfield police looked into the theory and also find it is not credible. They never requested that the parking garage concrete be destroyed to search under it.
Amid all the craziness, a number of paths led to people who might be involved. Police had questioned convict Robert Craig Cox, who was known to be in Springfield at the time of the disappearance. In 1996, KY3 News reporter Dennis Graves interviewed Cox in a Texas prison.
"I know that they are dead. I'll say that. And I know that,” Cox said in the interview.
"That's not a theory?" Graves asked
“I just know that they are dead. That's not my theory. I just know that. There's no doubt about that,” Cox said.
Cox refused to talk anymore.
No signs of the women have ever been found, no one was arrested, and no one was charged.
"Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think that it would be 25 years later and I would be saying, ‘Stacy is still missing,’” she said.
The public is invited to a celebration of the women's lives on Wednesday at the Victim's Memorial Garden in Phelps Grove Park. It starts at 7:30 p.m.