National Show on Missing Women Generates New Calls

(Springfield, MO) -- Nearly two decades since the "three missing women" disappeared, the case gets the national spotlight.  A show profiling the case aired Monday night on the
Investigation Discovery Channel  show, "Disappeared."

UPDATE:  Springfield police say they have received a "few phone calls and there hasn't been anything significant for us that we weren't already aware of," as a result of Monday's show.

Around the Ozarks, it's hard to find people who don't recognize the photos of Sherrill Levitt, her daughter Suzie Streeter, and friend Stacy McCall.

"It's not just us. It's the community," says Stacy's mom Janis McCall. "Springfield wants answers, too."

"In my first month, it was apparent this is a huge case in the community," says Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams.

Now, the nation will also recognize the womens' faces -- unseen in person since 1992 -- thanks to Investigation Discovery's "Disappeared."

"People that may have forgotten something or maybe remember now," says McCall. "This gives them a chance to call police and say this was really important."

The "Three Missing Women" are making headlines once again, as the cable program airs the details of their case in hopes of finding new clues.

The women vanished from Levitt's home on Delmar Street sometime in the early morning hours of June 7th, 1992.

"My gut feeling is, 'I'm pretty sure they're not alive,' but I have this little corner in my heart that says Stacy's still alive and I'm going to get her back," says McCall.

McCall says the show's not the only thing offering hope after all these years. She sees a change in the way the case is being handled.

"Chief Williams, being new, brings a new set of eyes and a new perspective."

In office just eight months, Williams says he wants answers, just like people who've waited 18 years.

"We'll always hold out hope we'll find them," he says. "But as years go by, the prospects certainly dim."

That's why he's doing what he can  o exhaust all leads.

"We're looking at some reviewing some cases by outside entities that haven't been done before," he says. "Probably a more open discussion about what leads are. Let's follow them or put them to rest."

One of the more talked about options: digs at Cox South Hospital's parking lot and other spots in the area. The chief says that's not the prime focus of the investigation right now, calling it one lead among many.

"There are no imminent plans to dig anywhere," he says. "We haven't scheduled it. It's not imminent. If anything would happen, we would do it and let people know after the fact. My policy is not to discuss leads during the course of the investigation."

For her part, McCall says despite rumors she was against a dig, she asked the chief to do just that.

"I do want a dig, but I don't believe they're there," she says.

McCall and Williams are ready to find out where.

"This is always an active case," adds Chief Williams.

With the help of a TV, that might bring the answers so many are waiting for.

"We're going to find answers for ourselves and each other," says McCall. "It may be the tip we've been waiting on."

Chief Williams says police are prepared for extra calls Monday night. They think the show may draw some more tips and clues.

As far as suspects are concerned, Janis McCall thinks that everyone who was interviewed should be talked to again.

She also thinks it's important to consider anyone in the area at that time who was or is a known abductor or murder.

McCall says she thinks this kind of mystery would be solved much quicker if it happened today because of advances in technology. However, Chief Williams says with a crime scene that never really existed, because items were moved and people were in the house where the women were apparently abducted, it makes things difficult no matter the level of technology.  

After her daughter's disappearance, Janis McCall launched One Missing Link. It's a not-for-profit that works with the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children.

McCall says her agency is in need of funding, but warns some people are putting out change jars at gas stations and restaurants with the One Missing Link logo on them. She says her organization doesn't use those jars, so money you put in goes to scammers.

Previous Report: Three Missing Women, 15 Years Later

(Click here for an extended interview with Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams)

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