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2002 Flashback: Three Missing Women Case Turns 10

(Springfield, MO) -- The Three Missing Women case is turning 20 this week, so we're looking back on our previous coverage of the cold case.

(Springfield, MO) -- The Three Missing Women case is turning 20 this week, so we're looking back on our previous coverage of the mystery.

After scouring the archives, we found Chris Herzog's 10-year anniversary report from 2002.

"Got ready that day with Stacy," recalled Janelle Kirby in 2002. "Then we rode together to graduation and met everybody there. It was a great day."

Kirby graduated with Stacy McCall and Suzie Streeter from Kickapoo High School. Click the video above to see some of the last known photos of McCall from that evening.

As well all know, the girls attended a late night party with Janelle and others.

"I wish I would have made them stay. If I could have kept them there, none of this would have happened."

Springfield police say sometime about 2 a.m., the two girls came back to this house at 1717 E. Delmar -- the home of Sherill Levitt, Suzie's mother. And that's where and when the mystery begins.

"From 2:30 in the morning, when they should have arrived home, until around 6 o'clock the next morning, something happened," recalls former Webster County Sheriff Ron Worsham. "We don't have a clue. Yeah, that's terribly frustrating."

In the summer of 1992, Worsham was the assistant police chief in Springfield.

"Quite frankly, it looked like they'd just been beamed up, because there was nothing out of place in the house.

"None of them can I imagine them going willingly," added Kirby. "Yet, there was no sign of a struggle. The house was perfect when we went in there."

Kirby says she and her boyfriend made their way to the house later on Sunday morning. The four had planned a trip to Branson.

"Sherill's bed had been slept in. It looked like Suzie's bed, they'd gotten into it," added Kirby. "They washed their faces, they'd taken their jewelry off. Their purses were there."

But the three women were gone. Later that night, the McCalls and others gathered at the home on Delmar, and called police.

"When we reported them missing, I didn't even call 911," said Janice McCall, Stacy's mother. "I really thought they were going to walk in any time."

Janice McCall says it was the first time she considered the possibility that something ominous had happened. What followed in the next few weeks was a community effort to find out the truth. Police detectives canvassed the area, missing posters and billboards were put up around Springfield, even pleas for help to the public.

In helicopters and on foot, the search began.

"We waded creeks, climbed bluffs," recalled David Haun. "We went through fields of grass that were over our heads, we walked ditches."

But Haun and other Springfield police officers found nothing. Even with volunteers, and reserve officers, recruits and teams from other cities, the trail was cold. The only solid leads, one composite drawing of a bearded man, the only official suspect. And the sighting from multiple sources of a green van.

Files deep inside the Springfield Police Department contain every lead detectives ever had -- more than 5,000 altogether. But not one of them brought detectives any closer to finding out what happened.

"Every one we checked out turned out to be negative," added Worsham. "I mean, there was nothing there. Full of dead ends. It's been that way for ten years now."

"It's still a case that bothers you," added Haun. "Because you feel like no matter what you did, you hit dead ends all along."

In the years since the abductions, many theories as to what happened that summer night have been pondered. From a stranger abduction, to involvement of a relative, to a serial killer stalking Sherill Levitt. But the only ones who know for sure haven't been seen since 1992.

"It seems like yesterday. Seems like yesterday," said McCall. "Except for, you realize what all has passed. But it, you know, time just, in one way, stands still."

Police detectives Herzog talked to for this story say they believe there is at least one person out there with information that could crack this case, and help find the missing women.

Special Coverage: KOLR/KOZL's "Three Missing Women" Page

If you have any information that could help police solve this case, they ask you to call (417) 864-1810, 24-hours a day.


               
                 WATCH the second part of this 2002 report

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