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    Charlotte June Kinsey (13) & Cinda Leann Pallett (13) - Oklahoma City OK, 1981

    Missing Since: September 26, 1981 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: September 10, 1968
    Age: 13 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'1, 100 - 105 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue/gray eyes. Kinsey has a small dot-shaped scar below her left eye caused by pencil lead. She has silver caps on her lower front teeth. Kinsey's ears are pierced. She has a triangular-shaped birthmark on her lower back, near her waistline.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A maroon blouse with white stripes, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

    Missing Since: September 26, 1981 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: May 13, 1968
    Age: 13 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'0, 88 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Caucasian/Mexican) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Pallett has a small scar below the corner of her her left eyebrow. She wore a dental retainer behind her lower front teeth at the time of her disappearance. Pallett's collarbone was previously broken; it had healed by the time of her disappearance.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: Jeans; a white t-shirt jersey with dark blue sleeves, the words "ZZ Top" on front and the numeral 81 on the back; and Nike sneakers

    Details of Disappearance

    Kinsey was last seen at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 26, 1981. She was accompanied by her friend, Cinda Pallett. Kinsey called her family's home to announce that she and Pallett had been offered jobs assisting a worker unload plush toys at the fair. Two boys who knew the girls said they left with a man who was 40 to 50 years old and wearing a yellow badge. The boys were with them for a time, but the man dropped them off in a parking lot, gave them $10, and told them to wait. He drove away with Kinsey and Pallett. Neither girl has been seen again.

    After Kinsey and Pallett's disappearances, a yellow badge was found in the parking lot where they were last seen. It bore the name and photograph of a carnival drifter. The man was charged with the girls' abductions, but the charges were dropped a short time later. The suspect was able to prove he had been in Dallas, Texas the day Kinsey and Pallett disappeared.

    Royal Russell Long, who was employed as a truck driver at the time, has long been considered the prime suspect in the girls' disappearances. Long was charged with kidnapping and murder charges for both Kinsey and Pallett in August of 1985. Long had been in Oklahoma City on the day the girls disappeared. Two witnesses identified Long as the man who offered the girls the jobs unloading toys. Long also had a history of sexual violence towards young women.

    Authorities located the Pontiac Grand Prix Long had rented during his September 1981 stay in Oklahoma. Its make and model matched the vehicle a witness claimed to have seen Kinsey and Pallett riding in the day they disappeared with a man matching Long's description. Hairs that were found in the car's truck were analyzed using forensic testing and were matched to Pallett. Animal hairs were also located in the truck; those matched the types of dogs and a cat that Pallett had access towards before she disappeared. A lock of hair found by investigators in Long's residence in Wyoming may have matched Kinsey's type; however, the test appeared to be inconclusive. Forensic tests proved that the mat in the truck of the Grand Prix once had blood stains on it.

    All charges against Long were eventually dismissed for lack of evidence against him, though he is still considered the prime suspect in the girls' cases. He is also a possible suspect in the disappearances of Deborah Meyer and Carlene Brown, who disappeared from Wyoming in 1974. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping in connection with the 1984 abduction of Sharon Baldeagle, who remains missing, and was sentenced to two terms of life in prison. He was still in custody when he died of a heart attack in 1993.

    Kinsey enjoyed poetry and roller skating at the time of her disappearance. Pallett was a shortstop on a softball team at the time of her disappearance and was looking forward to trying out for the school basketball team. She had purchased tickets for a Van Halen concert which took place the week after she disappeared. Both girls' disappearances remain unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Oklahoma State Police Department


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