True crime podcast investigation into Springfield cold case murder to be released Oct. 17

Jackie Rehwald, Springfield News-Leader Published 10:24 p.m. CT Oct. 3, 2019

On Oct. 17 — the 44th anniversary of the killing of Shirley Jane Rose — a podcast about the Springfield cold case will be released.

“The Toll” podcast will be available on both Spotify and iTunes and is eight episodes long.

According to “The Toll’s” website, the podcast is “a True Crime Podcast where the host carefully examines the impact a violent crime or traumatic event has on families and their communities.”

KTTS anchor Nancy Simpson, who has been a journalist for 20 years, co-created and hosts the podcast.

Shirley Jane Rose

Shirley was 9 when she disappeared in 1975. Police say she 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, her body was found near McDaniel Lake north of Springfield.

No one has been charged in the crime.

In making the podcast, Simpson said she interviewed family members and law enforcement who were involved in the investigation. She also interviewed family members of a suspect, someone who “the community had targeted” but who has since died.

Simpson said if people come forward with information about the case, she will do more episodes.

“We will continue to pursue information,” she said. “We can do other layers if needed.”

“Obviously some of the important people involved in the case are deceased. But DNA evidence has come a long way,” Simpson said. “We can’t give up hope that maybe evidence will lead to an end.”

Other local people who have been involved with the podcast include co-creator Jay Lashley, program director at Power 96, and Kat Morgan Gaines, technical producer and audio editor of ‘The Toll.”

Simpson also has a team in Detroit that helps with marketing.

 

The podcast is called “The Toll” because it focuses on the impact violent crime has on the family and community, Simpson said.

Learn more about the project at thetollpodcast.com.

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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https://fox2now.com/2018/10/19/police-seek-fresh-leads-in-girls-1975-killing-in-missouri/

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/

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 p3tips.com. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

http://www.ksmu.org/post/crime-stoppers-seeks-information-springfield-girls-death-43-years-ago#stream/0