Left: Sharon circa 1984
Right: Age Progressed to age 36
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: September 18, 1984
Missing From: Eagle Butt, Dewey County, South Dakota
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: June 26, 1972
Age: 12 years old
Weight: 110 pounds
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Native American
Distinguishing Characteristics: Sharons ears are pierced
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A Black/yellow tiger striped top, black shoes, carrying a red bag
NCMEC Number: 600185
Details of Disappearance
Sharon Baldeagle was last seen with her 15 year old friend known as Sandi on September 18th 1984. The girls ran away from home and were hitchhiking in Casper, Wyoming when they were picked up by a truck driver, Royal Russel Long. Long took the girls to his home where he fed them.
According to Sandi, Long asked for Oral Sex services in exchange for $100. The girls refused and he tied them up at gun point. He raped Sandi and beat Sharon. When Long fell asleep, Sandi escaped the residence and ran to a neighbor for help. By the time authorities arrived, Sharon and Long were gone. Sharon has never been seen or heard from since.
Long was apprehended a year later in Mexico. He was charged with abducting Sharon. Prosecutors even considered charging Long with Sharons murder but decided against it and Sharons father believes that Sharon is alive.
When Long was asked for his side of the story, he stated that Sharon and Sandi stayed they were 18 and 19 years old and accepted the offer. After the sex occurred, the girls revealed their actual ages and demanded $200 or they would accuse him of rape.
There was apparently a struggle and Long ties them up. He took a nap. When he woke up, he noted that Sandi escaped so he took Sharon in his truck and drove her to Cheyenne and put her in a light colored truck bound for Dallas, Texas. When he arrived back to Casper, he realized that he was wanted for abduction and assault.
According to Long, he then traveled to Amarillo, Texas to see if anyone had seen Sharon there. He then traveled to Mew Mexico where he would later be apprehended. Long was convicted of all charges and crimes. In addition to the Baldeagle case, Long is a suspect in the 1974 Wyoming disappearances of Carlene Brown and Deborah Meyer, the 1974 Wyoming murders of Christy Gross and Jayleen Dawn Banker, and the 1981 Oklahoma Abductions of Cinda Pallett and Charlotte Kinsey.
In 1985, Long was charged with kidnapping and murdering Pallett and Kinsey but the charges were later dismissed due to lack of evidence.
Sharons father went to visit Long in prison but he refused to speak to him. Long died of a heart attack in prison in 1993.
Sharon has never been found. There have been possible sightings of her in Wisconsin and Colorado in the years after her disappearance. Foul play is suspected in the case.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Fall River County Sheriffs Office 605-745-4444