Help Springfield police solve this cold murder case

y Maria Neider MNEIDER@KY3.COM |
Posted: Wed 10:37 AM, Oct 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Springfield detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding a kidnapper and killer. Shirley Jane Rose died 43 years ago. Police haven’t given up on solving this case and bringing her killer to justice.

The 9-year-old left her grandparents’ house in the 800 block of South West Avenue on October 17, 1975. Investigators say Shirley she started walking home between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. It’s believed she went west on Lombard and then south, down Scenic Avenue. That’s where people reported seeing her talking to a man in a blue Chevy car. She never made it home to the 13-hundred block of south Scenic, just north of where the Ewing Sports Complex is today.

Someone discovered Shirley’s remains nearly 2 months later at McDaniel Lake on December 13, 1975. Animals had uncovered part of a skeleton in the shallow grave about 5 miles north of Dickerson Park Zoo. The person recognized the blouse from the girl’s clothing description given by police. Detectives identified several persons of interest in the case, but no charges got filed.

If you have any information on Shirley Jane Rose’s disappearance or death call Crime Stoppers at (417) 869-TIPS (8499). You can also give a tip by clicking the link to the right of this story. You can stay anonymous



Police seek fresh leads in girl’s 1975 killing in Missouri

Posted 8:19 am, October 19, 2018, by Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Police are looking for fresh leads in the 43-year-old killing of a 9-year-old girl who was abducted while walking home in Springfield and later found in a shallow grave.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers issued a plea for fresh information this week to coincide was the anniversary of Shirley Jane Rose disappearance on Oct. 17, 1975. Police say Shirley went missing while walking home from her grandmother’s house.

Witnesses reportedly saw the girl talking to a man in a blue Chevrolet car that evening. Two months later, Shirley’s body was found near McDaniel Lake north of Springfield.

Officer Racel Kleemann, the coordinator of Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers, says authorities “haven’t given up on trying to get justice for her.”

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10|17|2018 Crime Stoppers Seeks Information on Springfield Girl’s Death 43 Years Ago

By Michele Skalicky • Oct 18, 2018

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.

Police Search for Justice in 41-year-old Cold Case

By: Callie Rainey Posted: Feb 09, 2017 05:17 PM CST SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – More than 40-years after young Shirley Jane Rose was taken from her home and later found dead the case remains cold. Family, friends and law enforcement are hopeful there will be justice Rose. On the night of October 17, 1975, nine-year-old Shirley […]