Name: Sherrill Elizabeth Williams Levitt
Age: 47 years old
Last seen: June 7, 1992
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Status: Still Missing
Disappeared: Season 3 Episode 10 “The Springfield Three”
Sherrill Elizabeth Levitt was born on September 1, 1944 in Los Angeles, California to parents James Dale Williams and Edna Maxine Winn.
In 1964, Sherrill married her first husband, Brentt Streeter, and the couple lived in an apartment complex in Seattle, Washington. On March 9, 1973, she gave birth to their daughter Suzanne.
Sherrill divorced Streeter in 1973, shortly after Suzanne’s birth. In 1980, she met her second husband, Don Levitt, and moved from Seattle, Washington to the Springfield, Missouri area with her daughter.
In 1989, Sherrill divorced her second husband. In April 1992, Sherrill and her daughter Suzanne moved into a house she bought, located at 1717 East Delmar Street in Springfield, Missouri.
Sherrill worked as a cosmetologist at New Attitudes Hair Salon, a local salon on West Sunshine Street in Springfield. She was considered a model employee with over 250 customers.
On June 6, 1992, Sherill attended her daughter Suzanne’s graduation ceremony, held at the Missouri State University’s Hammons Student Center in Springfield, Missouri.
When the graduation ceremony ended, Sherrill had a takeout pizza dinner at home with her daughter around 6:00 p.m.
Suzanne told her mother that she intended to go to a few parties with her friend Stacy McCall that evening. She would later spend the night at a hotel in Branson, Missouri before going to the Whitewater theme park with friends the next day.
Alone at home for the night, Sherrill began her choresm accompanied by her little Yorkie, Cinnamon.
Around 10:30 pm, Sherrill received a call from her daughter Suzanne who said she wouldn’t be driving to Branson afterall. She said she’d be spending the night at her friend Janelle Kirby’s house in Springfield instead.
Around 11:15 pm, Sherrill spoke to a friend over the phone. At the time, she was painting a chest of drawers and refinishing a chair for her bedroom.
In the early morning hours of June 7, 1992, Suzanne and her friend Stacy McCall eventually decided to retire to her residence where they would try out Suzanne’s new king-size waterbed.
They drove in separate vehicles and presumably returned around 2:15 am.
In the morning, her daughter’s friend, Janelle Kirby, grew concerned when Suzanne or Stacy failed to contact her. They had initially planned to spend the day with friends at the Whitewater theme park in Branson.
When no one answered her calls, Janelle decided to pay a visit to Sherrill’s residence shortly after noon. However, no signs of the women were found at the unlocked house.
On June 8, 1992, Stacy’s family filed a missing persons report to the Springfield Police Department.
Police found no signs of struggle at the house. The only thing amiss was a broken porch light cover. The television had been left on and the family dog, a Yorkshire Terrier named Cinnamon, was found alone inside the house.
Each woman had a car, but all three vehicles were still parked in the driveway. Sherrill’s blue Corsica in the carport, Suzanne’s red Ford Escort in the circle drive with Stacy’s Toyota Corolla parked behind.
Keys to the vehicles were found inside the unlocked house, with the three women’s purses piled together at the foot of the steps leading into Suzanne’s sunken bedroom.
Sherrill and Suzanne, both heavy smokers, left their cigarettes and lighters inside the house while Stacy left behind her migraine medication. An undisturbed graduation cake was also found in the refrigerator.
Stacy’s flowered shorts with her jewelry tucked into the pockets were placed on her sandals beside Suzanne’s waterbed. Police believe she left the home wearing only a T-shirt and panties.
On June 15, 1992, police released the composite sketch of an unidentified transient man with long hair and a full beard. In the days leading up to the woman’s disappearance, neighbors reported seeing the man near the house
On June 24, 1992, a waitress at George’s Steakhouse, one of Levitt’s favorite restaurants, told police she saw the three women at the diner that morning between 1:00 and 3:00 am. Suzanne appeared intoxicated while her mother tried to calm her down.
On January 2, 1993, an anonymous individual called the “America’s Most Wanted” program, appearing to hold prime knowledge in the women’s disapperance. The call was cut short when the switchboard operator tried to patch it through to Springfield investigators.
Robert Craig Cox
42-year-old Robert Craig Cox, an Army veteran serving time in a Texas prison for aggravated robbery, was identified as a possible suspect in the case.
At the time of the women’s disappearances, Cox lived in Springfield and was working as an underground utilities worker. He was also previously employed as a mechanic at the same workplace as Stacy’s father.
Cox told police that he attended church with his girlfriend on the morning of June 7, 1992. In 1995, he recanted his initial statement when police found out he lied, but he continually denied any involvement.
During an interview in 1996, Cox proceeded to tell a Springfield journalist that the three women were dead and buried somewhere near Springfield. However, he refused to say their location.
Cox had been previously convicted in the murder of a 19-years-old woman in Florida in 1978. His conviction was later reversed by the Florida Supreme Court due to lack of evidence.
Cox has never been charged in connection with the women’s disappearances but he remains a person of interest.
Foul play is strongly suspected in Sherrill Levitt’s disappearance and authorities believe she was abducted. A $42,000 reward remains in place for information that leads to the location and prosecution of the persons responsible for the abduction of the three women.
In 1997, the family of Sherrill Levitt and Suzanne Streeter went through court proceedings to declare the two women dead. A bench was dedicated to the women in the Victims Memorial Garden in Springfield’s Phelps Grove Park.
The circumstances of Sherrill Levitt’s disappearance remain unclear and her case is currently classified as missing. Her case remains unsolved.
Caucasian female born September 1, 1944. Blonde hair (bleached) with brown eyes. She is 5’0 tall and weighs 110 pounds.
Distinctive Physical Features:
Her ears are pierced. She has freckles on her neck and on her upper chest.
Clothing and accessories:
Sherrill was last seen wearing a floral-print dress.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Sherrill Levitt please contact the Springfield Police Department (417) 864-1810
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Three Missing Women: 10 Years Later – Part 1 of 5 – Springfield News Leader 06/02
Three Missing Women: 10 Years Later – Part 2 of 5 – Springfield News Leader 06/02
Three Missing Women: 10 Years Later – Part 3 of 5 – Springfield News Leader 06/02
Three Missing Women: 10 Years Later – Part 4 of 5 – Springfield News Leader 06/02
Three Missing Women: 10 Years Later – Part 5 of 5 – Springfield News Leader 06/02
25 years after three Springfield women went missing, the tips still trickle in – Springfield News Leader 17/05
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