MO SUZANNE STREETER, STACY McCALL, SHERRILL LEVITT: Missing from Springfield, MO - 7 June 1992 - Age 19, 18, 47



Sherrill Levitt, Suzanne Streeter and Stacy McCall disappeared from the Levitt house at 1717 East Delmar Street in Springfield, Missouri on June 7, 1992.
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Suzanne E. Streeter

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: June 7, 1992 from Springfield, Missouri
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: March 9, 1973
Age: 19 years old
Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'5, 102 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Bleached blonde hair, brown eyes. Suzanne has a scar on her upper right forearm. She has a small tumor on the left corner of her mouth which gives the appearance of chewing tobacco. Suzanne has large-sized teeth with no previous dental work. Both of her ears are pierced; Suzanne's left ear is pierced twice, including a hole in the upper portion of her ear. Her nickname is Suzie.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, jeans and pink shoes.

Details of Disappearance

Suzanne and her mother, Sherrill Levitt, resided in the 1700 block of East Delmar Street in Springfield, Missouri in 1992. Suzanne graduated from Kickapoo High School during the evening of June 6, 1992. She spent the early part of the evening having dinner at home with her mother. Suzanne and her friend Stacy McCall planned to spend the night at a hotel in Branson, Missouri. They decided to stay at another friend's home in Battlefield, Missouri instead; Suzanne called Sherrill at approximately 10:30 p.m. to discuss their plans.
Sherrill telephoned a friend at approximately 11:15 p.m. that evening. She was painting a chest of drawers at the time and gave no indication that anything was amiss inside her residence. Suzanne and McCall returned to Sherrill's residence at approximately 2:15 a.m. on June 7 after deciding that their friend's home was too crowded. They planned to meet other friends at White Water amusement park in Branson later in the day. The girls drove their separate vehicles back to Sherrill's house. Suzanne, Sherrill and McCall have never been heard from again. Neighbors did not hear any suspicious activity near Sherrill's home during the overnight hours.

One of the girls' friends phoned and visited Sherrill's residence several times during the day in an attempt to locate the three women. McCall's family alerted authorities about the disappearances during the evening of June 7. All of the women's personal belongings were discovered inside the house; their vehicles were also parked at the home. Sherrill's bed appeared to have been slept in during the previous night. Her eyeglasses were beside her bed and a book had been turned over, indicating that Sherrill may have been interrupted while reading. The family's Yorkshire Terrier, Cinnamon, was still inside the house and appeared to be anxious. All of Sherrill's personal belongings were untouched and the television was turned on. There was no sign of a struggle at the residence, but the porch light had been shattered. No additional physical evidence was discovered at the scene. Authorities now believe that the broken glass from the porch light may have provided clues about the disappearances. A friend of the girls swept the shards into the garbage, unaware that he was discarding possible evidence at the time.

Investigators noted that Sherrill and Suzanne's cigarettes and lighters were still inside the house. The three women's purses were placed together on the stairs. The blinds in Suzanne's room were pulled apart, as if someone had been looking outside. Authorities later admitted that the crime scene had possibly been tainted by the 20 or so loved ones who visited Sherrill's house after their disappearances were reported. No one realized the seriousness of the situation until nearly 24 hours had passed. Officers left a note on Sherrill's door, asking her to call the police department and cancel the missing persons' reports when she and the girls returned home.

An extensive search of the surrounding areas produced no clues as to the women's whereabouts. Robert Craig Cox, a convicted robber serving time on unrelated charges in a Texas prison, was identified as a possible suspect in the case. Cox initially told investigators that he was not in the Springfield area on June 7, but later recanted his statement. Cox also told a journalist that he knew the women had been murdered and buried near Levitt's home, but he claimed that their remains would never be discovered. Authorities are uncertain if Cox was involved in the case or if he is seeking attention by issuing false statements. Cox has never been charged in connection with the disappearances.

A witness reported observing a woman matching Suzanne's description driving an older model moss green Dodge van later during the day on June 7. The witness claimed that the woman appeared terrified as an unseen male voice told her "Don't do anything stupid." The witness did not contact investigators with her account until several days had passed. Additional witnesses reported seeing the Dodge van in different areas of Springfield after the women's disappearances. A man told authorities that he saw the blonde female sitting in the driver's seat of a similar vehicle in the parking lot of a local grocery store. The individual said that he wrote the van's license plate number on a newspaper, as the vehicle seemed suspicious. The man threw the paper away before contacting investigators. Law enforcement officials agreed to hypnotize the man, but he was only able to provide the plate's first three digits. Authorities have been unable to determine if a van was involved in the women's cases. A photo of a similar vehicle is posted below this case summary.


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A server at George's Steakhouse, one of Sherrill's favorite Springfield restaurants, reported seeing the women in the establishment between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. on June 7. The employee claimed that Sherrill, Suzanne and McCall arrived and departed together. She said that Suzanne appeared to be intoxicated as the group left the restaurant and Sherrill was attempting to calm her down. Investigators have never confirmed the possible sighting and it is not clear if the women visited the eatery before their disappearances.

Other witnesses reported hearing a woman's screams and the squeal of tires in eastern Greene County, Missouri during the early hours of June 7. Officials searched the area, but no evidence related to the case was located. A composite sketch of an unidentified transient man was released in the days proceeding the disappearances. The individual was allegedly spotted near Sherrill and Suzanne's residence in early June 1992. Authorities do not know if the man was involved in the case. Sherrill's son and Suzanne's older brother, Bartt Streeter, and one of Suzanne's former boyfriends were ruled out as suspects in the case early in the investigation.

An anonymous caller phoned America's Most Wanted's hotline after the program profiled the women's case in late December 1992. The caller was disconnected before he could speak to Springfield investigators. Authorities believe that the person held vital information connected to the disappearances. Despite public pleas for assistance, the individual never contacted authorities again.

Investigators searched an area of land in Webster County, Missouri in August 1993. Authorities refused to announce what was located at the site and if anything pertained to the disappearances. Investigators received a tip from two women in 2002 that led officials back to the same county for an additional search. The women said that two men were employed at the local concrete company that once owned the site near Marshfield, Missouri. The tipsters said that the individuals drove a van similar to the vehicle that may have been used in the missing women's cases. The informants claimed that the men departed Springfield shortly after Sherrill, Suzanne and McCall vanished. Investigators determined that two men did work at the company in 1992, but they were unable to identify the individuals or confirm that they drove a van. Cadaver dogs located two possible areas of interest at the site in late July 2002. Authorities cautioned that the dogs' indications did not prove human remains were buried in the area. Investigators also stated that it was unlikely the sites were related to the women's disappearances.

Several officials charged the former chief of police of impeding their investigation into the case in the late 1990s. Others dispute that contention and said that little evidence was available in the case from its onset. One of the original investigators theorized that the women's assailant(s) took Cinnamon out of Sherrill's yard during the overnight hours of June 7 in an effort to gain access to the residence. The officer speculated that the attacker(s) knocked on the door, pretending to have rescued the dog after he wandered away from the home. The investigator theorized that one of the women may have opened the door to retrieve Cinnamon and was overpowered by the assailant(s).

Sherrill's background was investigated as other leads proved futile. She and Suzanne moved to the Springfield area in 1980 from Seattle, Washington. Sherrill divorced her first husband, Brentt Streeter, shortly after Suzanne's birth. She told friends that Brentt believed they should divorce and continue living together. His plan would allow Sherrill to qualify for welfare assistance. Sherrill decided to end the relationship instead. She moved into an apartment complex in Seattle and stayed home with Suzanne and Bartt for six months after Suzanne's birth. Sherrill received free rent while performing repair work around the complex.

Sherrill and Suzanne moved into their home on East Delmar Street in April 1992, two months before their disappearances. Sherrill's 1989 divorce from her second husband, Don Levitt, impacted her finances and she elected to relocate to the smaller residence with her daughter. Don's creditors began asking Sherrill to pay his debts after their divorce. She hired an attorney to locate him without success.

Sherrill was employed at New Attitudes Hair Salon on West Sunshine Street in Springfield in 1992. She had 250 clients at the time of her disappearance and was considered a model employee. Sherrill's family members describe her as a private person who had a close relationship with Streeter in 1992.

Suzanne was employed at a local movie theater in 1992. She planned to enroll in cosmetology school in the fall of that year. Suzanne had difficulty reading and was placed in classes designed for those with learning disabilities. A friend speculated that Suzanne may have been dyslexic. She never lived with her father and rarely spoke about him or her stepfather.

Sherrill and Suzanne's relatives had them both declared legally deceased in 1997, five years after their disappearances. A bench was dedicated to the women in Victims Memorial Garden in Springfield's Phelps Grove Park the same year. Their cases remain unsolved.


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n June 2006, Rick Norland, a ground-penetrating radar specialist was asked to conduct a scan of the area where many people believe the Three missing women are buried. Norland has experience in locating bodies beneath the earth and has successfully found graves in the past. He was also one of the experts selected to help at ground zero in New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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The Celery colored van a witness claimed Suzie Streeter was driving on the morning of June 6th 1992.


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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 at time of disappearance). She was 5 feet 0 inches (1.52 m), 110 pounds (50 kg), with short light blonde hair, brown eyes and ear piercing. She was a cosmetologist at a local salon and a single mother, and was described as being close to her only daughter.[1] Said daughter, Suzanne "Suzie" Elizabeth Streeter, was born on March 9, 1973 (age 19 in 1992), was 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m), 102 pounds (46 kg), with shoulder length blonde hair and brown eyes. Her distinguishing marks included a scar on her upper right forearm, a small mole on the left corner of her mouth, large teeth and pierced ears, with her left ear pierced twice. Suzie's friend, Stacy McCall, was born on April 23, 1974 (age 18 in 1992), was 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) and 120 pounds (54 kg), with long dark blonde hair and light colored eyes. Her distinguishing marks included pierced ears and birthmarks on her chin and right arm.

The day before the disappearance, Stacy and Suzie graduated from Kickapoo High School. Sherrill was last heard from at approximately 11:15 p.m. on the same day when she talked to a friend about painting a chest of drawers. Stacy and Suzie were last seen at around 2:00 am on June 7 as they left a graduation party at a friend's house. At some point during the night, they were also in Battlefield, Missouri.[2] 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 Suzie's (and thus Sherrill's) house. It is assumed they arrived, because their clothing, jewelry, purses and vehicles were present.[3]

The parents of Stacy contacted police in reference to their daughter's disappearance from Sherrill's home at least twelve hours after the women were last seen, as other worried friends and family began calling and visited the house during the day. Police later admitted that the crime scene had possibly been tainted by the twenty or so people who visited Levitt's house.[3] Upon officers' arrival, the house bore no signs of a struggle, except for a shattered porch light that was cleaned up by well-meaning friends.[3] Police noted Sherrill's bed had been slept in.[4] All personal property was left behind including purses, money, cars, keys, cigarettes, and the family dog (a Yorkshire Terrier).[5]

Robert Craig Cox, a convicted kidnapper and robber and the suspect in a Florida murder, told journalists that he knew the three women had been murdered and buried and claimed their bodies would never be recovered. Later, Cox told investigators that he was staying the night with his girlfriend in the Springfield area the night the women disappeared; even later he stated he was 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.[5] Cox has told authorities and journalists that he will tell them what happened to the three women after his mother dies.

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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.

The case has been featured on 48 Hours, Unsolved Mysteries and America's Most Wanted. In March 2011 Investigation Discovery aired "The Springfield Three" on its Disappeared TV series.
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On June 7, 1992, the Springfield, Missouri Police Department was notified of the disappearance of three women from a residence in central Springfield.

The parents of Stacy McCall, one of the missing women, contacted the police department in reference to their daughter's disappearance from the home of Sherrill Levitt and Suzanne Streeter, the other two missing women. Upon officers' arrival, the house bore no signs of a struggle, but rather the appearance of the missing women being abducted. All personal property was left behind including purses, money, clothing, cars, keys, cigarettes, and the family dog.

Stacy McCall and Suzanne Streeter had graduated from high school the day before their disappearance and were last seen at approximately 2:15 a.m. on June 7, 1992, when they left a graduation party in a nearby community en route to the Levitt/Streeter home at 1717 E. Delmar, Springfield. It appeared as though they had arrived at the residence because their clothing, jewelry, purses, and vehicles were still at this location.

Suzanne's mother, Sherrill 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, purse, keys, etc., were left at the residence and it appeared as though her bed had been slept in when friends and police arrived to check the residence.

Sherrill Levitt: 11-01-44, 5', 110 lbs., brown eyes, short bleached-blonde hair, naturally curly hair, longer on top and short in the back. Sherrill Levitt has a thin build and has freckles on her neck and upper chest area.

Stacy McCall: White female, DOB 04/23/74, 5'3'', 120 lbs., blue eyes, dark blonde hair to the middle of her back with sun-lightened ends. She has freckles on her face and a dimple in the middle of her chin.

Suzanne (Suzie) Streeter: White female, DOB 03/09/73, 5'2'', 102 lbs., brown eyes, straight bleached-blonde, shoulder-length hair, large teeth with no dental work. She has a 3-1/2'' scar on top of her right forearm and a small tumor in the left corner of her mouth which gives the appearance that she has something in her mouth.

With the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and numerous other law enforcement agencies, an extensive investigation into the lives of the missing women has been conducted with no positive leads concerning the reason for their disappearance or their location.

A reward fund of $42,000 has been established for the location and prosecution of the persons responsible for the abduction of the three women.

Anyone with information into the disappearance of Mrs. Levitt, Miss Streeter, and Miss McCall is requested to contact the Springfield Police Department or Crime Stoppers.


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Post by barttstreeter on Mar 1, 2012 20:36:52 GMT -5

Let me share a time line, My family moved from Washington State to Springfield Mo. around April of 1981. We rented a house near East Sunshine While my mother and step father (Don Levitt) looked for a house to purchase the rental house was close to John J Pershing school ( thank you to Google maps) , after about a month, my mother and I had one of our disagreements and I walked out of the house, I was 16 years old. I had access to some of my college fund and a little cash. I did not see or speak with any member of my family until Sept. 1981. I was involved in a car accident and received a slight concussion. My mother came and got me, she took me, to there new home, they had purchased 2746 West Oakwood Dr. After a few days of recovery. I joined the Navy and left Springfield in Sept of 1981. My mother, sister and stepfather lived at 2746 west Oakwood Dr. from late 1981 until around 1989 I would visited 3 or 4 times in those 9 plus years, only for a few weeks then off to some other state, to be honest I never really cared much for Springfield, some time in the late 80's Mom and Don divorced, Mom and Suzie continued to live in the house with a roommate. Then mom sold the house on Oakwood she was heart broken over that, she loved that house. She and Suzie moved to a Town house near south Delaware Ave. I returned to Springfield In Sept of 1991 and stayed with mom and Suzie at the Town house. Mom was looking for a house to purchase during that time. In February of 1992 Suzie and I rented a house and moved out of the town house once again mom and I were not on speaking terms when we moved out. I never spoke to her or saw her again. Suzie and I had our argument over the stereo in march of 1992 Suzie left the house that night, the next day Suzie came to my house and gave me my important paper work and told me mom was really pissed at me and she had disowned me. Suzie collected her belongings the next day and moved in with mom. I did not speak to or see Suzie again after that day. Mom had moved to 1717 Delmar by then ( no, I do not know who helped her move) I did know where mom had moved, Suzie had told me while we were living together. I had been to the house, one time with mom and Suzie before she purchased it while she was house shopping, that was sometime in December of 91 or January of 92 I know this maybe some what confusing bear with me.

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Suzanne Streeter

Adair County, Missouri
19 year old white female

Case Report - NamUs MP # 3233

Case Information
Status Missing
First name Suzanne
Middle name E.
Last name Streeter
NCMEC number 999755
Date last seen June 07, 1992 02:15
Date entered 11/23/2009
Age last seen 19 to 19 years old
Age now 43 years old
Race White
Sex Female
Height (inches) 62.0
Weight (pounds) 102.0

City Springfield
State Missouri
Zip code
County Adair
Sherrill Levitt, her daughter Suzanne Streeter, and her daughter's friend Stacy McCall disappeared from the Levitt home at 1717 E. Delmar, Springfield, MO on 6/7/92 sometime between 2:15am and 7:30am after Streeter and McCall returned from a graduation party. There were no signs of a struggle at the residence. It appears that the ladies were "captured." All of the ladies' personal belongings (clothes, jewelry, money, purses, vehicles, keys, dog) were left at the Levitt residence.

Hair color Blond/Strawberry
Head hair
straight, bleached-blond, shoulder-length hair
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Left eye color Brown
Right eye color Brown
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No known distinctive body features
Distinctive features as described below
Scars and marks
birthmarks on the right side of her chin and on her right arm; 3 1/2" scar on her top right forearm; small tumor in the left corner of her mouth
pierced ears with left ear pierced two times
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and aids
Finger and toe nails
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physical characteristics

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Skeletal information

Clothing and Accessories
Clothing and accessories are unknown
Clothing and accessories are described below
white T-shirt; blue jeans
pink shoes
pierced ears - left ear pierced 2 times


Transportation Methods
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Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

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Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

Investigating Agency
Title Detective
First name David
Last name Ross
Phone 816-234-5239
Case number 02-056012
Date reported
Jurisdiction Local
Agency Kansas City Police Department
Address 1
Address 2
City Kansas City
State Missouri
Zip code 64131

Title Detective
First name Neal
Last name McAmis
Phone (417) 864-1768
Case number 92-40169B
Date reported
Jurisdiction Local
Agency Springfield Police Department
Address 1
Address 2
City Springfield
State Missouri
Zip code 65807
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Sherrill Levitt, Suzanne Streeter and Stacy McCall disappeared from the Levitt house at 1717 East Delmar Street in Springfield, Missouri on June 7, 1992.

Suzanne graduated from Kickapoo High School on the evening of June 6, 1992. She spent the early part of the evening having dinner at home with her mother. Suzanne and her friend, Stacy McCall, planned to spend the night at a hotel in Branson, Missouri, but they decided to stay at another friend's home in Battlefield, Missouri, instead. Suzanne called Sherrill at approximately 10:30 p.m. to discuss the change in plans.

Sherrill telephoned a friend at approximately 11:15 p.m. that evening and gave no indication that anything was wrong. Suzanne and Stacy returned to Sherrill's residence at approximately 2:15 a.m. on June 7 after deciding that their friend's home was too crowded. They planned to meet other friends at White Water amusement park in Branson later in the day. The girls drove their separate vehicles back to Sherrill's house. Suzanne, Sherrill and Stacy McCall have never been heard from again. Neighbors did not hear any suspicious activity during the night.

All of the women's personal belongings were discovered inside the house. Sherrill's bed appeared to have been slept in and her eyeglasses were beside her bed. A book had been turned over, indicating that Sherrill may have been interrupted while reading. The family's Yorkshire Terrier, Cinnamon, was still inside the house and appeared to be anxious. All of Sherrill's personal belongings were untouched and the television was turned on. There was no sign of a struggle at the residence, but the porch light had been shattered. No additional physical evidence was discovered at the scene. Investigators noted that Sherrill and Suzanne's cigarettes and lighters were still inside the house. The three women's purses were placed together on the stairs.

Suzanne and Stacy McCall graduated from High School hours before their disappearance.


Suzanne and her mother lived at 1717 East Delmar Street, Springfield, Missouri.




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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. It is a mystery, a story many know that remains without an ending. Today marks 24 years since three women from Springfield vanished: Stacy McCall, Suzanne Streeter, and Streeter's mother, Sherrill Levitt.

On Tuesday, fresh flowers rested near a memorial to the two teens and mother. Like those fresh flowers, Stacy McCall's mother tells KSPR she feels fresh leads, technology and investigators can still bring her daughter and the other two women home.

"I look at Stacy and I think she's not 18, she's 38. It's heartbreaking," McCall said in an interview with us on the 20th anniversary four years ago. "Twenty birthdays and twenty Thanksgivings and Christmases and so many times that we sit around the table wanting her nearby."

Today she echoed heartache and also glimmers of hope.

"I want people to know I am not in denial, I still believe if there's one in one-hundred chance my daughter is alive I"ll take it," she said on Tuesday over the phone. "I want my daughter. I don't even care about an arrest, I just want my daughter."

Now 24 years of looking, hoping, praying and searching take a toll, and yet family and police say they will never give up. They say neither will Springfield.

"The community wants answers," McCall said in the previous interview. "Three women were taken from our community never to be seen again."

On that June day in 1992 the McCall family made the first worried call to police.

"There are those few cases that just haunt you," said Mark Webb. Webb is now the Bolivar police chief. In 1992, he was with Springfield P.D.

"Instantly within the first paragraph you knew this wasn't a typical missing person case. I knew this is going to be bad," said Webb.

McCall and Streeter just graduated high school. They'd been to a party and were last seen around 2 o'clock in the morning. The two girls were headed to Streeter's home where she lived with her mom, Levitt. When police arrived they there were no signs of struggle. The women's purses, clothes and money were left behind. It looked as though the ladies had been kidnapped.

"We get calls weekly," said Springfield Police Lt. Culley Wilson.

Lt. Wilson oversees detectives on the case. He says there are some new eyes on it.

"That always can uncover things we haven't seen before," said Wilson. "It's fresh. They may see it in a new way."

He says hope is very much alive.

"We've done interviews around the state in the last year. Some leads have promise. We still have persons of interest," said Wilson.

Meanwhile, as Janis McCall says, this is not a day she celebrates.

"There's a big hole here," said McCall.

Investigators want to fill that hole.

"I am confident our law enforcement will solve it," said Wilson. "I am confident in our dedication and our abilities. Tomorrow could be the day someone brings us that piece of information that locks it all up."

Webb offers this advice to any law enforcement who finds the mystery in their hands: "Never give up. You have to go to work on this and treat any piece of information like it's the glue we've been waiting for to crack this case open."

McCall asks people who speculate to stick to the facts and stay away from so many rumors that she feels have sensationalized the case.
The reward fund for prosecution of those responsible now sits at $42,000.

Anyone with information into the disappearance of the three women should contact the Springfield police department or Crime Stoppers of Greater Springfield.


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Three Missing Women: Ten Years Later - Part 1 of 5

They disappeared after graduation parties. A decade later, the case still haunts the Ozarks.

Jun. 8, 2006

On the door of Bill Stokes' one-chair barbershop hangs a faded yellow poster with the faces of three Springfield women. "MISSING," the bold headline screams.

During the summer of 1992, when Stokes taped up the sign in his Marshfield shop, he made a vow to himself:

"I said I wasn't going to take that down until they solved the case," he said. "I was hoping they would solve it. Now I think it will probably just rot off the wall."

The barbershop poster hangs like dozens of others across the Ozarks. Yellowed and tattered, they remind us of the three women who vanished from a small south-central Springfield home on a clear June morning.

Gone were Sherrill Levitt, 47, her daughter Suzie Streeter, 19, and Suzie's friend Stacy McCall, 18. Just hours before, the three attended the Kickapoo High School graduation, where the girls smiled for ceremonial pictures and finalized plans for a night of partying.

First they hit a friend's party in Battlefield, then hopped to another one in Springfield. But by then their plans for the night changed: They wouldn't drive to Branson and stay in a hotel, or even spend the night at a friend's house.

Streeter had a new king-size waterbed, a graduation present from her mom. So in the early morning hours of June 7, they went to the tidy, modest home at 1717 E. Delmar St., which Levitt had purchased two months earlier.

And that's where the mystery begins.

Something happened inside the home between 2:30 a.m. - when police speculate the girls arrived at the Streeter home - and 8 a.m., when a friend of the girls, Janelle Kirby, called to determine what time they would meet to go to the Whitewater theme park in Branson.

To this day, police do not have a clear picture of what happened.

They've logged 5,200 tips, given countless polygraphs to potential suspects, friends and family members, searched woods and fields throughout the Ozarks and followed leads into 21 states.

The house told them little.

There were no signs of a struggle. No clues of a crime. Nothing that screamed something had gone terribly wrong.

"The only thing unusual about this house was that three women were missing from it," retired Springfield Police Capt. Tony Glenn says. "You had this feeling as you looked around that something was missing, that something had to be missing. But there wasn't. Just them."

Each woman had a car, and all three vehicles were left in the driveway. Levitt's blue Corsica was parked in the carport.

Streeter's red Ford Escort sat in the circle drive with McCall's Toyota Corolla right behind.

Keys to the vehicles were found inside the unlocked house. The three purses were piled together at the foot of the steps leading into Suzie's sunken bedroom. Though the mother and daughter were chain smokers, Levitt and Streeter left their cigarettes behind. An undisturbed graduation cake was waiting in the refrigerator.

It was apparent the women had gotten ready for bed. Each had washed off makeup and tossed a damp cloth in the hamper. Jewelry was left on the wash basin.

McCall had neatly folded her flowered shorts, tucking jewelry into the pockets, and placed them on her sandals beside Streeter's waterbed. Police believe she left the home wearing only a T-shirt and panties.

Yet, how she and the other women left is what baffles police, family and friends. Police cling to the idea that a single man could have used a ruse - something as simple as posing as a utility worker warning of a bogus gas leak in the neighborhood - to lure them out.

While Ozarkers long have theorized that this crime was the work of more than one person, authorities say it could have been carried out by one man. If other people were involved in what's believed to be a kidnapping and triple murder, police say, surely someone would have broken the silence of 10 years.

Their main suspect is a Texas inmate, 42-year-old Robert Craig Cox. He was convicted of killing a 19-year-old Florida woman who was somehow intercepted while driving home from work at Disney World one night in 1978. Cox - who lived in Springfield the summer of 1992 - walked away from death row in 1989 after the Florida Supreme Court said the jury didn't have enough evidence to convict him.

Through the years, Cox has toyed with Springfield police - saying he knows the women are dead and that they're buried near the city. Having discovered that Cox lied about his alibi on the morning of June 7, 1992, officials are skeptical about his claims.

Cox declined to be interviewed by the News-Leader, but in recent letters to the newspaper, he acknowledges police consider him a suspect and that 10 years ago he worked as a utility locator in south-central Springfield.


In the summer of 1992, teen-agers were tiring of tall hair. Hoop earrings were hot. Metallica was racing up the charts and the Internet was just coming on strong.

The story shocked Springfield out of the comfort zone that normally accompanies slow summer days.

A massive search was launched. Police and volunteers rode horses and walked through fields of tall grass on the southwest side of town, where Chesterfield Village now stands.

Citizens began locking their doors without fail. Neighbors vowed to check on one another. In churches and homes throughout the Ozarks, people prayed that someone saw something, anything, that could help police solve the mystery on East Delmar.

Within days, more than 20,000 posters of the missing women were printed and then plastered on telephone poles, in storefront windows, restaurants and truck stops.

With nothing else to go on, law enforcement agencies dug up ant hills that callers thought could be fresh graves. They chased circling buzzards, hoping to find a clue.

The Springfield Police Department moved immediately to take the case national, believing that if the disappearance was a serial crime, someone in another state could hold the answer. By the end of the first week, faces of the missing women appeared on "America's Most Wanted," sparking 29 calls from across the nation.

Another national news program, "48 Hours," shadowed local police for weeks - shooting pictures of searches, polygraphs and officers sifting through leads.

None ever led to a conclusive piece of evidence.

A decade later, detectives who worked one of the largest investigations in Ozarks history are haunted by a case they couldn't crack.

"It's hard to be known for something you didn't do as opposed to something you did do," says retired Sgt. David Asher, who led the investigation in the early days. "I think of it; I think of it all the time. ... I want it to be solved. I want it for Janis and Stu (McCall), the Streeters, the police department, and I want it for the community.

"I think they need it."

Though the urgency to find these women has faded through the years, the pain for the families runs as deep as it did in 1992. Janis and Stu McCall created an organization to help families whose loved ones are missing. They hold out hope their daughter could one day be found, vowing not to declare her dead until investigators find her remains.

"I want them to find my daughter," Janis McCall says intently, pictures of Stacy scattered around the sofa in her suburban Springfield home. "You can go through so much, but you still want an answer. For them not to give us an answer, that was difficult."

Levitt and Streeter have already been declared dead in court. Their family took that step at the five-year mark. Still, the sadness has gotten stronger, says Debbie Schwartz, Levitt's sister.

"It doesn't feel like 10 years," Schwartz says. "The pain feels fresh and new. It's amazing it can feel so new after so long. I'm sure it will be that way until my dying day."


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The case - widely viewed as being mishandled during the first year by a micromanaging police chief - had gone cold in the mid-1990s. No leads looked promising.

At the five-year anniversary, the Springfield Police Department announced that it couldn't justify the money and manpower to continue working it even on a part-time basis. So the mystery of the missing women went unattended, except for incoming leads.

If the tips looked viable, they were checked. If not, they just went in the pile.

But last year, when Maj. Steve Ijames took over the detective division, the four-drawer filing cabinet that holds thousands of fizzled leads was reopened.

Ijames wanted to take a fresh look at cold cases, and he wanted the work to begin with the missing women, or 3MW.

A young detective - 28-year-old Cpl. Greg Higdon, a college freshman the year the women disappeared - accepted the assignment and immediately began rifling through the old reports and leads. The idea, says Ijames, was to bring in a fresh set of eyes.

"He can just look at the facts," says Janis McCall, who's encouraged that the case has been reopened. "He doesn't even ask the officers what happened back then. He only asks the questions he wants answers to; that may be just what we need."

Higdon's high energy level and determination is coupled with the investigative skills of Cpl. Allen Neal, considered one of the department's best investigators.

So hope, which this investigation hasn't had since the early days, is alive again.

"Maybe they'll see something we missed," Asher says. "Maybe they will."

One lead that surfaced two weeks into the investigation is keeping detectives busy today - Robert Craig Cox. Though family members of the three women say authorities have a list of 10 people they haven't ruled out, Cox jumps to the top.

Police first interviewed Cox back in June 1992, but when he produced what cops thought was a rock-solid alibi - attending church with his girlfriend on the morning the women disappeared - they focused on other people and leads.

Then Cox - who was still free after walking away from death row - was arrested in Texas for robbery. He already had a history of burglary, kidnapping and murder.

Springfield officers interviewed him, and the game began. Like Ted Bundy - the infamous rapist and murderer Cox met in a Starke, Fla., prison - Cox told police enough for them to think he knew something, but not enough to incriminate himself.

He told them he knew the women were dead and that they were buried near Springfield. Smirking, he refused to say more.

In front of a Greene County grand jury, Cox's former girlfriend admitted she lied to police about his alibi on the morning of June 7, 1992. Cox really wasn't at church with her, she said; he had called her and asked her to lie to police for him.

Learning that, Springfield police twice returned to Texas to interview Cox, but did not obtain enough for an indictment.

"We have to examine everything, try to corroborate statements," Sgt. Mike Owen says. "We have to weigh it on the scale and see what it means."

In a letter to the News-Leader last month, Cox says that in the summer of 1992 he worked as a locator at SM and P Conduit Inc., a Springfield company that locates and marks underground utilities.

"I have done locates all over Springfield," Cox wrote. "I have done work in the area of the house where the abduction occurred."

Years ago, Cox would say only that he did underground locating jobs everywhere; he couldn't remember if he did them in the neighborhood of East Delmar.

Owen says detectives can't ignore things about Cox's past or the comments he's made. But the sergeant also says there are other people and tips, especially a fresh one from a few months ago, that look promising.

"All our eggs are not in Cox's basket," Owen says. "We're still looking at lots of different people. ... If tomorrow we had a lead and solved this case and it wasn't Cox, I wouldn't be surprised."

Nonetheless, Cox has been a suspect since the early days - since police got a call from Florida, from a family that knew exactly what the McCalls and Streeters were going through.


Days after the women were reported missing, Dorothy Zellers was alone in her Dunnellon, Fla., home and decided to watch some television. She was captivated by pictures of three pretty women flashing on the screen, and she listened hard as commentators explained they had vanished from a home in Springfield, Mo.

Dorothy thought of her own daughter, Sharon, who at 19 was fun and full of life when she was raped and killed.

As she continued watching the program, all Dorothy Zellers could think about was the man who had been convicted of killing her daughter in late 1978. The Florida Supreme Court had released the man - Cox - from death row less than three years earlier, and after being paroled from a California prison for kidnapping, he had moved back home with his parents.

He lived in Missouri - Springfield, Mo.

"I just knew it was him. I just knew it," Zellers said more than a week ago, in a telephone interview from her Florida home. "I said to myself, `Cox did this.'"

As soon as her husband, Charles, and son, Steve, returned from a trip to Tallahassee, she told them about the missing women in Missouri.

"I remember her saying to me, `It's really coincidental Cox is there,'" son Steve recalls. "I called the Springfield Police Department and told them Cox is living there. They knew nothing about Cox."

What police didn't know, the Zellers did. That's why for 10 years they've often wondered if Sherrill and Suzie and Stacy were ever found.

"It's always been in the back of our minds, what happened to these women," Steve Zellers says.

"I feel so bad for the families. As bad as our situation is, at least Sharon was found. To not know where they are or where they were, I can't imagine."

Sharon was a happy 19-year-old who wasn't ready for college but loved working at Walt Disney World's Frontierland Trading Post gift shop. She wasn't supposed to work Dec. 30, 1978, but when someone called in sick, she agreed to go in.

She left the park at 10 p.m.

"She never came home," Dorothy Zellers says. "We called Disney World. My husband drove the road back and forth trying to find her along the path. We had everyone out looking."

Five days later, they found their daughter's badly beaten body stuffed in a sewer. The sewer was less than 350 feet from the motel where Cox, 19, was staying while on vacation with his parents.

Within days, Cox, a highly regarded Army Ranger, was interviewed.

It would be 10 years before the Zellers would see him in court. It took that long for prosecutors to get a solid case on the man who, a year after Sharon Zeller was killed, was named soldier of the year.

Testimony at his weeklong trial would show Cox returned to the motel room that night, bleeding from his mouth. An inch of his tongue was gone.

The Zellers believe Sharon bit it off.

"She fought for her life," Dorothy Zellers says.

Police also had a print in Sharon's car matching a military boot. Cox wore military boots. Blood and hair samples were consistent with Cox. And a nurse told jurors that Cox couldn't have bitten his own tongue off in a fight, as he claimed. Because of the way the teeth came down on the tongue, the bite had to have come from another person, she testified.

Prosecutors got a conviction - and a death penalty verdict. But while Cox was on death row, Florida's Supreme Court decided the jury of 12 didn't have enough evidence to convict him. He was freed.

The Zellers were devastated, angry at the justices who had freed the man they believe Sharon attempted to fight off that December night.

"We told them he would kill again," Steve Zellers says.

That's why he made it his personal duty to keep track of Cox, frequently calling the California prison, his Springfield parole officer and now jail officials in Texas. Wherever Cox goes or whatever happens to him, Steve will always know.

Like he knew that Cox was in Springfield on June 7, 1992.

"I want to keep tabs on him," Steve Zellers says. "I want him to know I'm watching."


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Springfield police have checked sewers across Springfield. They've also searched places known to Cox.

They can't ignore the story of Sharon Zellers, or that a jury of 12 believed Cox was the one who killed Sharon and stuffed her in a sewer. Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall were driving home, just like Sharon. They were young, with long hair just like Sharon.

Levitt's dad, Jim Williams, died in 1997. He died believing Cox killed his daughter and granddaughter.

"He told me, `I'm sure that's the guy. I just don't know if they'll be able to prove it,'" says Cliff Williams, Levitt's uncle.

Cliff Williams says the way Cox smiles as he talks about the case - and how he plays with police - has convinced many family members that he holds the answers.

At the same time, they realize Cox may not have had anything to do with the disappearance, that playing coy with cops is just a game to him.

In mid-1997, Cox wrote the News-Leader a letter explaining that then-Sgt. Kevin Routh asked him during an interview in jail to tell him where the bodies were.

"I told them that I wanted closure, too. I'm tired of the harassment I have received because of my association to this case," Cox wrote. "Then I told Sgt. Routh if I could tell him where the bodies were, then he would come after me with an indictment and seek the death penalty."

Cox went on to write that he could tell the News-Leader reporter where the bodies were, but he wouldn't do so because the reporter would have to give him up to police.

"I would like him, if he knows something, to tell what he knows," Janis McCall says. "He's going to be in prison another 20-some years. His appeals are gone by the wayside. .... He's said they were dead and buried around Springfield. How does he know that? I don't know if he'll ever give up the right information. I want to know where my daughter is, that's what I would ask the man."

Cliff Williams thinks about the case that swallowed his life 10 years ago, about becoming executor of his niece's estate. He used to jump in his seat every time he heard on television that remains had been found in the Ozarks. Now he just waits to hear from police.

Every few weeks Williams goes for a trim at Bill Stokes' barbershop, where he's confronted by the poster of the missing women. He's never told the barber that he's Sherrill Levitt's uncle.

"I occasionally think about it and wonder if we'll know anything one day. I just hardly don't think we will," says Williams, 82. "I don't know if you call it hope. It's just a long, long shot. You can talk odds of a million to one. This is farther than that. I would like to know what happened. But is that going to happen? I doubt it."

News-Leader reporter Robert Keyes contributed information to this story.


Today's story gives an overview of the decade-old case. Beginning Thursday, in serial fashion, we take readers from the last day the women were seen alive through the first frantic days of the nationwide search.


· Day to celebrate: The graduates embrace, smile for pictures and head to parties.


· Unanswered calls: Family and friends worry as the three can't be found.


· Investigation begins: It started like any missing-persons case. Not for long.


· The mystery: Thousands of tips. But no evidence. No crime scene. No witnesses.

Timeline: 10 years of frustration

June 6 6 p.m. Graduation ends at Hammmons Student Center 7:30 p.m. A friend of Suzie's drops off a graduation cake for her. 8:30 p.m. suzie and Stacy show up at their first party of the night in Battlefield on Coach Drive 9:30 p.m. Sherrill's friend calls her at the house, where she's refinishing a chair 10:30 p.m. Stacy calls home and tells her mom that she won't be driving to Branson. They'll spend the night at Janelle's.

June 7 1:30 a.m. Suzie and Stacy appear at another party in the 1500 block of East Hanover Street in Springfield Just before 2 a.m. They go back to Janelle's house on their way to Suzie's, where they would sleep in her new king-size waterbed. 8 or 9 a.m. Janelle calls Suzie's house. No answer. She leaves a message. 12:30 p.m. Janelle and her boyfriend go to the house on East Delmar Street looking for Suzie and Stacy. 7 p.m. Janis shows up at the house prepared to take Stacy's belongings and her car home.

June 8 Police begin investigating the case. they go to the house and wait for a search warrant to go inside. By the end of the night, police know they have something serious on their hands. the media learn about the disappearance.

June 9 The FBI is called in to help. Every detective at the Springfield Police Department is working on the case.

June 13 The community is invited to help in the search. Dozens of people comb wooded areas.

June 14 Pictures of the three women air on "America's Most Wanted," starring John Walsh (left). Law officers' sweeping search of wooded areas and streams in the Springfield area begins. Officers also search the Bolivar road Apartments after someone leaves a letter in a News-Leader rack at Smitty's 218 S. Glenstone Ave. The letter contains a rough drawing of the apartment complex with the phrase: 'use Ruse of Gas Man checking for Leak."

June 15 Police go back to the house at 1717 E. Delmar St. Officers are working a fresh tip that neighbors saw a transient near the home the days prior to the disappearance. A picture of the man, with long hair and a full beard (right), is released. the Missouri Victim's Center schedules group counseling sessions for friends, family and community members struggling with the disappearance.

June 16 Police release a photo of a retouched dodge van, similar to one seen near Sherrill and Suzie's home early on June7.

June 18 Because of resources needed for the missing women case, the Springfield Police Department eliminates overtime in its traffic and DWI programs. the department has already logged 1,632 hours of overtime and has worked 3,147 hours on the case.

June 21 Police hammer out their theories. Deputy chief Ron Worsham says it appears to be an Abduction and it could go in two directions. 1. A drifting transient watched and waited, then kidnapped the women. 2. Or the answer was in Levitt's background. Police dig deeper into Levitt's past. The reward fund stands at $3,000.

June 24 Police work on a new tip: A waitress at George's Steakhouse, one of Levitt's favorite restaurant,says she saw the three women at the diner between 1 and 3 a.m.

June7. The women arrived and left together. The waitress said Suzie appeared giddy, perhaps intoxicated, and her mom tried to calm her down. the reward fund skyrockets to $40,000 after a secret gift.

June 28 Police end the 24-hour command post at Levitt's home. July 19 FBI Special Agent James Wright comes to Springfield, to gather information and perhaps develop a psychological profile of the abductor.

Sept. 15 Levitt's son, Bartt Streeter, considered an initial suspect, quits his job and leaves Springfield. He has not returned. It is the 100th day of the investigation. Janis McCall: "I'd hate to think of doing this another 100 days."

Jan. 2 An anonymous New Year's Eve caller to a switchboard operator of "America's Most Wanted" is cut off when the operator tries to link up with Springfield investigators.. Police still seek contact with the man, whom they consider to have prime knowledge of the abductions.

Feb. 14 For the first time, police announce that they are considering the possibility that the disappearances are the work of one or more serial killers March 9 Suzie Streeter's 20th birthday. Her grandparents offer several hundred dollars in additional reward money in a taped appeal played on local television.

April 22 McCall's 19th birthday. Aug. 28 Information from a police informant leads police to search farmland in Webster County looking for the bodies of the tree missing women. Police say they find items at the scene, but would not elaborate. The results of the search warrant were sealed.

1994: Another lead takes police nowhere as officers search a section of Bull Shoals Lake. Officers from the Missouri Highway Patrol, Springfield police and Ozark County find animal remains and pieces of clothing believed to be panties and T-shirts. the clothing did not match the description of what the women were wearing. Janis and Stu McCall, Stacy's parents, create One Missing Link, a not-for--profit organization, to help families with loved ones who are missing.

1995: A grand jury disbands in January without handing up indictments. Robert Craig Cox, whose name came up early in the investigation, is arrested in Texas for aggravated robbery. After information on Cox is presented to a grand jury, investigators interview him in a Texas prison. In the grand jury, Cox's ex-girlfriend tells jurors that she lied when she told police cox was with her at church the morning of June 7, 1992.

1996: News-Leader reporter Robert Keyes interviews Cox from prison. The inmate tells Keyes he knows the women were killed and buried somewhere in Springfield or close by. "And they'll never be found."

1997: The family of Sherrill Levitt and Suzie Streeter go through court proceedings to declare the two women dead. Stacy's parents vow that they will not declare their daughter dead until her body is found. On the fifth anniversary, families of the women dedicate a bench in their honor inside the Victim's Memorial Garden in Phelps Grove Park. Sherrill's father isn't at the dedication - he passed away a few months before.

2001: Police consider refocusing some effort on cold cases. The missing women case is high on that priority list. Cpl. Greg Higdon begins to read old reports and leads.

2002: Springfield police write Cox a letter, requesting an interview. The inmate declines, saying because of police influence he's been segregated from fellow inmates. Officers continue to work the case, rereading reports and searching areas.


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By: Grant Sloan
Posted: Jun 01, 2017 10:04 PM CDT
Updated: Jun 01, 2017 10:04 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The case of the three missing women not only captured the attention of community members, it consumed many of the men and women working the case.

Even 25 years later, some of them still think about the women daily.

We sat down with men who were on the ground from the beginning and one officer who picked up the torch ten years into the investigation.

"I wish we had solved that case back then, but I pray daily that this case is solved before I leave this world. I won't have to get up to glory to see the girls to see what happened," Retired Sgt. David Asher with the Springfield Police Department said.

Asher helped lead the investigation into the disappearance of Sherrill Levitt, her daughter, Suzie Streeter and Streeter's friend, Stacy Mccall.

Just days into their disappearance, Asher's team was tasked with finding answers many detectives are still searching for today.

"My team and I worked days and nights and many many hours. We were overwhelmed, we were confronted with issues we had never been confronted with before," Asher said.

Some of those challenges are well known.

Among them, one of the most important pieces of any case, the condition of the crime scene.

In the hours leading up to police being contacted, family members and friends were inside the home trying to make sense of the situation.

"I'm not blaming anybody. A family is concerned is going to do everything they can do," Asher said.

"Anytime you walk into a crime scene, you take something in. Anytime you leave the crime scene you take something out," Ron Worsham said.

Worsham was the assistant police chief in 1992.

He says early on the department threw everyone and everything at the case.

In those days DNA evidence wasn't used, but detectives did use a fumigating technique to pull fingerprints from the home.

"And of course, we had thousands of prints at that point and time...we didn't have the automatic print system at that time. So really the only way prints did you any good back then is if you had a suspect to compare them too," Worsham said.

There were also thousands of tips that poured in from the community.

"Every tip that came in, you couldn't afford not to check it out. Because any tip could have been credible," Worsham said.

Investigators went to great, and at times, unconventional lengths following some of those leads.

A person was called in who claimed to be able to communicate with the dog that was left behind.

A woman who provided information about a green van seen in the area was hypnotized.

Investigators managed to track a phone call from the show America's Most Wanted to a store in Louisiana.

"That person actually fit the description of some of the information we had that could of been involved in the abduction. That person was going to call back and never did."

Going to the public for help may have been a doubled-edged sword though, as many of those interviewed by police were aware of the latest information.

"It just gets a lot out there to where detectives might be hindered in their attempts to solve it or follow up on leads property," Greg Higdon of the SPD said.

Springfield Police Captain Higdon brought a fresh set of eyes to the case in 2001.

"It's very intimidating, I mean there were at that time 5,000 plus leads, going in a variety of different directions," Higdon said.

Higdon re-interviewed family members and friends and combed through evidence.

Before his promotion in 2006, he had filed more than 400 new reports on the case.

"There were some that came in that were good leads, other leads were maybe not a lot of information: Maybe a sighting or, 'I think this person did it' or that person, but not much to go on," Higdon said.

"I think we did everything we probably could, but you never know what you might have missed. That's always in the back of your mind," Worsham said.

Worsham says in later years as sheriff of Webster County he still followed leads on the missing women.

And, even in his retirement, as he hears of other missing persons cases, many of the memories come back.

"I think about this case everyday, today. Back in June the 7th, 1992 is when it started," Asher said.

Each investigator has their own theories, only parts of which they are willing to share.

"I firmly believe one of them was being stalked for sometime before the crime was ever committed," Worsham said.

"I personally believe we have talked to that person or persons responsible," Asher said.

While the answers are still unknown, the investigators agree someone out there has the missing pieces.

"I will tell ya, that every person on the department when i was there, i retired in 95, will be thrilled, and everyone involved in this case since then will be ecstatic, that it would be resolved," Asher said.

As we continue this in-depth look at the case leading up to June 7, we will spend time Friday night examining the numerous false leads that frustrated investigators. ... /729381818

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