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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Springfield police say they’re still trying to solve 1975 kidnapping, murder

Harrison Keegan, Springfield News-Leader Published 11:37 a.m. CT Oct. 17, 2018 | Updated 2:13 p.m. CT Oct. 17, 2018

It has been 43 years since a 9-year-old girl was abducted while walking home in Springfield.

The girl was later found in a shallow grave.

The case remains unsolved, but Springfield police say they haven’t given up.

On Wednesday, the anniversary of the day 9-year-old Shirley Jane Rose disappeared in 1975, Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers issued a news release asking for new leads.

Police say Shirley was walking from her grandmother’s house at 865 S. West Ave. to her home at 1309 S. Scenic Ave when she was abducted on Oct. 17, 1975.

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.
A map of the area where Shirley Jane Rose is believed to have been abducted in 1975.

A map of the area where Shirley Jane Rose is believed to have been abducted in 1975. (Photo: SPD)

On Wednesday, law enforcement took to Crime Stoppers — a program that offers rewards up to $1,000 for helpful tips — to issue another plea for information that might help them find Shirley’s killer.

Officer Rachel Kleemann, the coordinator of Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers, said there have not been any big breaks in the case recently.

Kleemann said Crime Stoppers sent a news release about Shirley’s case on Wednesday as a way to hopefully keep the case on people’s minds.

“We haven’t given up on trying to get justice for her,” Kleemann said. “We hope that by putting it back out there, it jogs someone’s memory.”

Kleemann said Shirley’s family members are still active in sharing information about the case. They maintain the website JusticeForShirleyJaneRose.com.

Bill Lloyd, who led the police investigation of Shirley’s death, told the News-Leader in 1995 he believed the killing was motivated by either drug sales or drug use. Lloyd reportedly said he thought the son of a former Springfield business owner with possible mob ties was responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call 417-869-8477 or leave a tip online at P3tips.com.

https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2018/10/17/springfield-police-ask-tips-1975-kidnapping-murder/1669484002/

Savage Watch- Innocence Taken and Stolen

Nine year old Shirley Jane Rose was a young girl living her childhood.

On the early evening of October 17th, she was abducted by someone just a block from her home in Springfield. A witness reported seeing a 1969-1970 blue Chevrolet car follow the elementary school girl. A search would ensue but would prove fruitless in finding her alive. Several months later on December 13th, her remains were discovered unearthed from a grave by animals near McDaniel Lake.

There were persons of interest in the case but never any arrests.

If you have any information about this horrible crime, please contact the Springfield Police Department (Missouri) at 417-864-1810
http://justiceforshirleyjanerose.com

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 […]