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Crime Stoppers Seeks Information on Springfield Girl's Death 43 Years Ago

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is sharing information this week about a cold case in hopes of finding a killer more than 40 years later.

Nine-year-old Shirley Jane Rose disappeared the evening of October 17, 1975.  She was last seen talking to a male in a blue Chevrolet car on Scenic Ave. while walking between her grandmother’s house at 865 S. West to her home at 1309 S. Scenic.

Her body was found on December 13 of that year in a shallow grave near McDaniel Lake.

Springfield Police Department Detectives identified several persons of interest, and numerous interviews were conducted, but no charges were filed.

Crime Stoppers, the Springfield Police Department and Shirley's family are hoping that, by bringing the case back up, someone will come forward with additional information regarding the girl’s disappearance and death. According to Crime Stoppers, “law enforcement has not given up on solving this case and bringing Shirley's killer to justice.”

Anyone with information should call (417) 869-8477 or leave a tip online at  Tipsters will remain anonymous. 

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.