http://www.ky3.com/news/ky3-vigil-early-thursday-marks-20th-anniversary-of-3-missing-women-in-springfield-20120606,0,7598459.storyVigil early Thursday marks 20th anniversary of 3 missing women in Springfield
The Springfield Police Department still believes it can solve the case.
by KY3 News
5:06 p.m. CDT, June 6, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Police Department is using a significant anniversary of its most infamous unsolved case to appeal for the public's help. The case is known as Three Missing Women. Two teenagers and an older woman disappeared from a home near Phelps Grove Park just hours after the teenagers graduated from Kickapoo High Schoo and, attended a post-graduation party.
A candlelight vigil to mark the 20th anniversary of the women's disappearances is scheduled for 6 a.m. Thursday at Victim's Memorial Garden at Phelps Grove Park. Organizers say relatives of all three women planned to be at the vigil, which was scheduled to coincide with the time of day that the women likely were abducted. The public is invited to the vigil.
Edited news release:
The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate the abduction of Sherill Levitt, 47; her daughter, Suzanne Streeter, 19; and Streeter’s friend, Stacy McCall, 18, from Levitt’s home on East Delmar Street. The three women were abducted between 2 and 7:30 a.m., on Sunday, June 7, 1992. It is believed the women were abducted shortly after they went to bed.
Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the date of the crime. Over the years, detectives have received significant cooperation from the community. They are providing the following information as part of a request for additional assistance. Detectives are particularly appealing to people who lived or worked in the community in 1992.
Detectives believe that someone, be it a former girlfriend, a past friend or associate, or a relative of the kidnapper, has information that can help solve the case. Given the passage of time, detectives hope that people who may have potentially useful information, even if: it seems somewhat unimportant to them, or they think that someone else has already filed a similar report, or the information does not completely fit with previously reported information, will come forward. Ultimately, detectives want to solve the case and provide closure to the community and the victims’ families.
Since the disappearance, a number of different case theories, names of possible kidnappers, and vehicle descriptions have been made public. The police department remains open to all possibilities, and it stresses that it does not want previously-released information to keep someone from contacting authorities.
The kidnapper clearly spent a considerable amount of time out and about from late at night on Saturday, June 6, 1992, into the morning of Sunday, June 7, 1992. The kidnapper had to have been unaccounted for at the time of the crime. Someone who knew or lived with the kidnapper in 1992 likely would have been aware of this fact. In addition, in order to explain his whereabouts on the night of the crime, the kidnapper may have fabricated a story regarding his activities.
Around the time of the crime, the kidnapper may have spent a considerable amount of time in, or may otherwise have been familiar with, the area of the crime, and he may have frequently been out and about at odd hours. The kidnapper also may have developed an interest in the victims.
People who know the kidnapper may not believe he is capable of committing this type of crime, and he may not have a history of committing crimes of violence.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 at http://www.springfieldmo.gov/spd/GeneralInfo/crimestoppers.html or to directly call the police department.