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.