The Springfield News-Leader from Springfield, Missouri on June 21, 1992 · Page 8
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Sunday, June 21, 1992
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Sunday, June 21. 1992 The News-Leader Police continue to search for three women who disappeared two weeks ago. Scores of people have been interviewed, and several counties and areas in and around Springfield have been combed by friends, neighbors and people who just want to help. Some clues have been found, but the search continues. JuL Sherrill Elizabeth Levitt Friends of Sherrill Levitt, 47, say she is not the type of person who would : rush out in the night to search for her daughter without first calling the home where she knew her daughter ' would be. But that's apparently what Levitt did early June 7. A convenience store clerk says Levitt rushed in at 2:15 a.m. to ask if her daughter and two friends had been there. He said no and she left quickly. Levitt knew Streeter would be staying at the house of her friend Janelle Kirby, but Levitt never called there nor came by, the Kirbys say. She also never called nor came by either of the two parties the girls attended that night, say the parties' hosts. Levitt's friends are baffled. "Honest to Pete, I have gone through so many emotions with this that now I don't know what to think," said Mary Keller, a close friend of Levitt who last spoke to her Friday evening, June 5. Sherrill Levitt is a hairdresser at New Attitudes Hair Salon, 210 W. Sunshine St. She has a long list of clients, whom the police are trying to interview. She was raised in the Seattle area and has been married twice. Her father, Jim Williams, said she married her first husband, Brentt Streeter, in 1964 and I'M J 47 years old 50", 110 pounds Brown eyes, blonde, collar-length wavy hair Thin build Last seen wearing flowered dress divorced him in 1973 just after Suzie Streeter was born. Their son, Bartt Streeter, is now 27 and lives in Springfield. In 1980, Levitt married Don Levitt and moved from Seattle to Springfield. They divorced in 1989, and he returned to Seattle, where he remarried. Levitt bought her house at 1717 E. Delmar St. in April on a contract arrangement and was fixing it up. Workers rewired the house and installed central air conditioning. She installed deadbolt locks on the doors. Suzanne E. Streeter (Levitt's daughter) Ouzie Streeter was last seen at 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, June 7. That's when she got in her red car with the personalized license plate SWEETR and drove away from a friend's house in Battlefield. Her friend Stacy McCall followed in her own red car. Sometime later, they arrived at Levitt's home, 1717 E. Delmar St., and disappeared. Their cars are still there. In some ways, Streeter was not a typical teen-ager. She moved out of her mother's home at least twice. Last summer she lived for about three months with her boyfriend, Mike Kovacs, 17, at his grandmother's home. In September, she moved back to her mother's apartment, and in October she asked Greene County Circuit Court for a restraining order to keep Kovacs away from her. Her sworn statement alleged he had threatened and harassed her. Kovacs denies this. Early this spring she moved in with her brother, Bartt Streeter, 27. After a fight about two weeks later, she moved out, friends say. Both times she came back to her mom's home. Friends of both Streeter and Sheriil Levitt say the mother-daughter relationship was sometimes troubled. Like many teens, Suzie wanted her independence, they say. She was born with large birthmarks on her chin and right arm. Friends and relatives say Streeter was very self-conscious of them and felt they were very noticeable, though they do not show up in photographs. She had worked for several months as a receptionist at a health club, and in February started working at a local movie theater. Friends say she liked dressing in hip fashions, including torn jeans and wild hats. 1 19 years old 1 5'5", 102 pounds l Brown eyes, blonde straight hair I Birthmark on chin and on right arm I Last seen wearing blue jeans, white T-shirt, pink shoes Stacy Kathleen McCall - Stacy McCall, 18, worked Mondays through Thursdays as a secretary at Springfield Gymnastics Center. Her parents say she dates occasionally, but does not have a steady . boyfriend. Friends say she is popular and made good grades at Kickapoo High School but did not participate in many school activities. She had modeled wedding gowns for The Total Bride, a shop owned by friends of her parents that is located in the Brentwood Center. Her hair is long and reaches to her hips. On the night she disappeared, friends say, she mingled with several people at the two graduation parties she attended and seemed happy and unworried. Police are interviewing many of the people who attended the parties. A convenience store clerk says he believes he saw McCall and Streeter come in his shop about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. He says they bought some items before leaving in separate cars going opposite directions. But that is disputed by several people including Janelle Kirby, a close friend ' P iwemts o SATURDAY, JUKE 6 I pM. Kickapoo High School seniors Suzanne Streeter, Stacy McCall and Janelle Kirby graduate at Hammons Student Center. Streeter, McCall and Kirby plan to meet at Kitty's house, go to a graduation party in Springfield and then spend the night in Branson. 64:38 p.nv Nigel Kenney delwers a : small, white cake for Streeter to 1717 E. Delmar St. Sherrill Levitt's home. H 8:15 p.m. Streeter arrives at Kirby's 8:38 pjn. McCall arrives at Kirby's house. The girls walk to party No. 1 nearby, at Brian Joy's house, 5002 Coach Drive, Battlefield. Joy tells them they may spend the night there. 8:30 p.m. Telephone calf from a friend to Levitt at Levitt's home. Levitt was hanging: a wallpaper border and stripping a chair. & 18-1848 p.m. Streeter and McCall go to JF Apco A-Mart, 4140 S. Fremont Ave., according to clerk Steve Thompson. He says McCall arrived in a light brown or dark gold large car. such as art old mode! Grand Prix (below). Friends dispute him, " saying the two never left the Battlefield party. The search for the missing women is entering its third week. Here are the events so far. The times given are estimates based on statements from poiice and several people involved in the events. .v. -: ., . .;!.:: ' " . . .......... ,,, . .. ... , , , . ... . ... lis fWMFffi S- La f - 1 yLAwyn t I II I I I J:-: - I m h . :iiili::?s;: I V Delmar fbK lewitfs house e a I Cl 1 .5SSSS3S5SS SUKDAY, JUNE 7 MONDAY, JUNE 15 Man wanted A. Seen standing Friday, June 6, 8:45 a.m. 9:00 a.m. and seen once again on Friday 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. sitting on grass for (U8Sti0nin(J B. Seen sitting in grassy area Saturday, june , aDoui 1 1 a.m. Police announce they are looking for a man fitting this description who was seen three times in two days in the area around Levitt's house. Height: 5 ft. 8 in. to 5 ft. 9 in. Age: 34-48 Weight: 145 pounds Hair Shoulder-length, sandy reddish-brown Other: Freckled, tan complexion jflt 12:45 a.m. Several people from the Battlefield party, including Streeter and McCall, leave to go to a second party in Springfield, at 1535 E. Hanover St. : Streeter and McCall ride with others, leaving their cars at Kirby's house. 1:58 a.m. The group leaves the Springfield party, heads back to Joy's house in Battlefield. 2:18 .m. The group arrives at Joy's house. He tells them they can't spend the night there. Kirby invites Streeter and : McCall to sleep at her house, but they ; . decide to spend the night at Streeter's house. 2:15 m. Sherrill Levitt at Apco A-Mart, 4140 S. Fremont Ave., according to clerk ; 1 Steve Thompson. 2:20 a.m. McCall follows Streeter away from Kirby's house in their cars. : 4:38 a.m. Brown 1967-70 Dodge van (below) with rust along the sides seen near Levitt's home. Large, brown 2-door American-made vehicle seen at the Signal food Store, East Grand and South Glenstone, a few blocks away. MONDAY, JUKE 8 Police list the women as missing. TUESDAY, JUNE 9 The FBI is called into the case. Thirty Springfield police officers, working three eight-hour shifts of : 10 officers, are assigned to investigate. - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 ' Friends, family and businesses help distribute more than 20.000 posters of the women. Police Chief Terry Krtowies says the women "almost certainly" did not intend to disappear. : THURSDAY, JUNE 11 - Streeter's brother, Bartt Streeter, 27, passes a Springfield Police Department polygraph test.: : Police say they will also polygraph two of Streeter's ex-boyfriends. The CBS News program "48 Hours" begins . filming the investigation. FRIDAY, JUNE 12 Anonymous tip in sealed envelope is left in a News-Leader paper box. It leads police to check Bolivar Road apartments, 2336 Bolivar Road. Police say the tip is bogus. 'Six divers search the shores and depths of Lake Springfield and a stretch of James River. Police ask for public's help in finding two vehicles stolen in Springfield the night the women disappeared: a burgundy Toyota Supra (below) and a dark blue 19-foot Dodge van that has been converted to a motor home. . : SATURDAY, JUNE 13 About 60 people search on horseback, foot and all-terrain vehicles for the women. SUNDAY, JUKE 14 About 70 people search areas south of Sunshine Road. TUESDAY, JUNE 16 Police release a photograph of a van similar to one stolen about the time the women disappeared (see below). Police continue to follow the hundreds of tips from callers about a transient (see description at left). Several hundred people call police to say they have seen the man in the composite sketch. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 : Police announce that Apco clerk Steve Thompson saw Levitt at 2:15 a.m. on June 7. THURSDAY, JUNE 18 Thompson says he also saw Streeter and McCall between 10 and 10:30 on June 6. FRIDAY, JUNE 19 Friends of Streeter and McCall who were with them June 6 say the two never went to the Apco A-Mart. Police expand search to surrounding counties and states. SATURDAY, JUNE 20 With no strong leads, police say they will focus on Levitt's background and the theory of a transient abductor. m, of McCall. Kirby says McCall and Streeter never left the parties and couldn't have gone to the store. Kirby says she was with McCall and Streeter at the parties from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., when they left to go back to Battlefield where Kirby lives. She was last seen pulling out in her car behind Streeter, on her way to Streeter's house, where she . ' disappeared. Kirby's mother, Kathy Kirby, who was in bed in the house, heard Streeter tell McCall "Follow me to my house." McCall responded, "OK, I will," Kathy Kirby says. At least two of Streeter's and McCall's friends watched them drive away. 1 18 years old I 5'3", 120 pounds l Blue eyes, brown. below-shoulder-length straight hair I Last seen wearing flowered shorts, yellow T-shirt, brown sandles i B " m If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of the three women contact Springfield police at 864-1758, 864-1811 or 869-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous. : i.ffliiimriWfri frrf REWARD FUNDS Boatman's National Bank of Springfield, 3345 S. Campbell Avenue, has established a fund and is accepting donations for information leading to the location of the victims and their recovery. Checks should be made to: Donation Fund of Streeter, Levitt and McCall. The fund current! has $3,008. Crime Stoppers is offering $1,808 for information leading to the arrest and identification of those responsible for the women's disappearances. Springfield radio stations KGBX AM-FM and KCMYare offering a one-time reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the women's disappearances. The reward would be given upon the recommendation of Police Chief Terry Knowles. CALL FOR HELP Experiencing worry about the disappearance of the women is normal, according to the Missouri Victim Center. If your symptoms become extreme, call the Missouri Victim Center, 889-HELP. t Vehicles may hold clues rin i,n,in..i .'...iW nun I , ,....m.,.., ,.mm' i, mH.ii mi., 1 I , i I i - I - -- Dark gold or brown Grand Prix. 1 982, 2-door. A car similar to this one Burgundy Toyota Supra. 1 987, 2-door. Missouri license plate number Brown Dodge van. Police provided this photo of a Dodge van similar was seen at various points the night the women vanished. LTS-217. Stolen from Battlefield Mall parking lot the same night the to the one seen near Levitt's home June 7. women vanished. Written by Chris Bantley and Jeff Meesey. Research by Chris Bentley, Robert Keyes and Kathleen O Dell. Graphic by Jeff MeeseyThe News-Leader

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