|Location||Eagle Butte, South Dakota|
Casper, Wyoming (last seen)
|Disappeared||September 18, 1984|
|Missing for||36 years|
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Sharon Baldeagle was an American preteen who was abducted after hitchhiking with a friend in Wyoming. Her friend had escaped their captor, although Sharon likely did not. In September 2019, a set of remains were discovered under circumstances suggesting a potential link to Baldeagle.
Sharon Baldeagle left her home at the Cheyenne River Reservation, located in South Dakota, with a teenage friend. The pair were picked up by suspected serial killer Royal Russell Long, who previously worked as a trucker. Long allegedly drove to his residence in Evansville, Wyoming and held them at gunpoint after they entered. Baldeagle's companion managed to free herself and reported the abduction after both were subjected to physical abuse. At least one sexual assault occurred after they refused his attempt at solicitation.
After eventually being apprehended in New Mexico, Long claimed he dropped the victim off in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was unaware if she was alive or not. By early 1985, he was given life in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping and assault.
Long is suspected in the disappearances of Deborah Meyer, Carlene Brown, Cinda Pallett, and Charlotte Kinsey. He was charged with the murder of the latter missing persons, but the trial failed after evidence was thrown out. He died behind bars in 1993.
A potential break in the case occurred in September 2019. A set of reportedly partial skeletal remains were discovered close to the Jim Bridger Power Plant, located in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. The bones were later determined to be a teenage Native American female, who likely died two-to-three decades before, and were not archaeological.
An individual behind the Dead & Gone Wyoming Podcast first made the connection between the remains and Baldeagle, which was later picked up by news media. Eventually, it was announced the remains were likely of archeological nature.
- Brown eyes.
- Black hair.
- Pierced ears.
Clothing and accessories
- A shirt with black and yellow stripes.
- Black shoes.
- Red bag or purse.
- Sharon Baldeagle at NCMEC
- Sharon Baldeagle at NamUs
- Sharon Baldeagle at the Charley Project
- Sharon Baldeagle at the Doe Network
- Sweetwater Now
- Oil City News
- Rapid City Journal: October 1, 1984 and October 21, 1984
- The victim's surname is occasionally listed as "Bald Eagle" or "BaldEagle" by some sources.