Friday, April 22, 2016

S Is for The Springfield Three

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




Every year, more than 900,000 people are reported missing in the U.S. Most often they've disappeared voluntarily. As common as disappearances are, however, it's very rare that three people vanish without a trace at the same time.

That is exactly what happened with the "Springfield Three."



On June 6, 1992, Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall graduated from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri.


Janelle Kirby (left), Stacy McCall (center), and Suzie Streeter (right)

After the ceremony, they attended several graduation parties. At the end of the evening, they decided to spend the night at Suzie's house with her mom, Sherill Leavitt. Their friend, Janelle (pictured above) last saw them leaving in separate cars around 2 a.m.


Stacy, Suzie, and Suzie's mom, Sherill Leavitt

Around 9 a.m. the next morning, Janelle began trying to reach her friends by phone. She and her boyfriend drove to the house, finding all three cars in the driveway. As they walked to the front door, they saw that the globe covering the porch light had been shattered and glass was all over the steps.


Sherill Leavitt's house. Photo credit: Disappeared, Discovery ID

When they entered the house, nobody was inside. Both beds looked slept in and the cloths that they'd used to remove their makeup were still on the counter. In addition to their cars, their purses, cigarettes, keys, and other personal items had been left behind.




By the time police arrived, the scene had been contaminated by friends and family members who were searching for clues. There were many leads that emerged in the years that followed, but perhaps the most disturbing was one involving a van that looked similar to this:


Photo credit: Missing & Unidentified People

A resident more than a mile away from Sherrill's house said at around 6:30 a.m. on the morning of June 7, a van turned around in her driveway. She said Suzie Streeter was driving the van. The woman said it looked like Suzie had been crying. She heard a man in the back seat tell the girl not to do anything stupid, just to get them out of there.



What do you think happened to the Springfield Three?

⬅️ R Is for Robyn Gardner

44 comments:

  1. So sad. Sounds like somebody knew the wrong kind of people and they were all taken. Wonder if the mom (since it was her house) had any problems with boyfriends, ex-husbands, etc. Maybe it was just a burglary that went very wrong.

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    1. Definitely--or it was someone who had been watching the house for a while..but I'm guessing one of those three wasn't the intended victim. Either they were after the two girls or the mom and daughter.

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  2. This story reminds me so much of Stacie and Susan's case. Maybe it's because they were the same age but it is just eerie how close they seem and how they all seem to have disappeared without a trace.

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    1. When I read that on your blog, I immediately thought of this post! My mind automatically goes to human trafficking. I know authorities say that it isn't as common as people like to think, but there are too many cases like this of young girls disappearing.

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  3. Another case I'm just learning about. This is a hard one to guess.

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    1. Yes, I'm thinking it can't be anything good. It's weird that haven't been found after all this time, though.

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  4. So creepy. Sounds like they may have been abducted. For slavery or other nefarious means. The scary thing, as hard as it is to believe, is that kind of thing still happens.

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    1. I agree. After reading Megan Whitson Lee's book Captives, I've started to see these things from more of a human trafficking angle.

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  5. Another creepy unsolvable tale, Stephanie. I'd really like to know what happened to them...

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    1. Maybe we're better off not knowing!

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  6. That is a creepy one. They're just going about their business in their own home and then they're gone. Sounds like and abduction.

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    1. Home is the one place you're supposed to be safe, but too many of these crimes happen in someone's home.

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  7. Oh no, another sad story that I suspect doesn't have a happy ending :-(

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  8. How horrible! I cannot imagine never having closure either, w/all these disappearances. Feel for the families!

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    1. It has to be one of the toughest things in life to go through.

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  9. That sounds bad, like a kidnapping that lead to murder.

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    1. I think so. I don't think there would be any reason for the three of them to just leave on their own.

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  10. Never good if a creepy van is involved

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    1. Oh so true. Although all of those 70s/80s-style vans were on the creepy side!

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  11. I'd not heard about this one, but it looks like they are all dead and buried somewhere that no one will ever find them. Sad. God knows what he did to them.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. There are some crazy people in the world.

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  12. Very strange one, sounds like something untoward happened to them!
    Debbie

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  13. My first thought was that the friend was in the wrong place at the wrong time and this was about the mom and daughter somehow especially since it doesn't seem to be a robbery.

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  14. Maybe they upped and left - changed their names? By which I mean the mom and daughter. The friend is more likely to have been killed. Unless SHE was involved and the mom and daughter have been killed.

    But man, that's one creepy van. Wonder if there are new tenants to the home...imagine moving in knowing what happened to the last home owners. *shudders*

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  15. I would be looking at the ex husband or boyfriend of the mom. Her friend was just at the wrong place and the wrong time. If it was human trafficking, why the mom? She's too old and used to be blunt with these sob's. I have a feeling that they are dead or at least the mother is.

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  16. It could be so many things...regardless, very sad.

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  17. That does not sound good. Sounds like abduction/homicide/buried in the woods somewhere.

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  18. Never trust the creepy van

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  19. I wish that resident had called the police.

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  20. I totally remember this case!

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  21. There's really not a lot of clues for this case to say what happened. From the one, maybe they were abducted, but who knows.

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  22. Another mystery. It must be frustrating to family and friends to not know what happened to them. It's also scary. If it can happen to them, then is anyone safe?

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  23. It sounds like an abduction for sure. Violent crime was at its peak at that time and wouldn't subside for a few more years, which leaves motive wide open. eesh. Interesting that Suzie would turn the van around in the drive of someone who would recognize her. A plea for help?

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  24. Oh oh. It doesn't sound like anything good at all.

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  25. Once again, I can't help but think of these cases as a parent. Not knowing...oh, that would be so painful. Hard to go on after that loss, but ever worse when you don't know what happened to them.

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  26. I have an entire box set here of 25 DVDs called Unsolved Mysteries. You'd love it.

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  27. It does sound like one of them may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. I agree with Cynthia, the resident should have called the police immediately.

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  28. It's a shame the crime scene was contaminated. Sounds like an unhappy ending. :(

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  29. It's a shame the crime scene was contaminated. Sounds like an unhappy ending. :(

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  30. This doesn't seem good at all. Especially with the light being shattered, and the van. :( Very sad. So intriguing though!

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  31. Does not sound like it ended well. Too much reported evidence.

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