Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Cinda Pallett was last seen at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. She called home to say that she had a job with a man at the carnival unloading stuffed animals. She and her friend, Charlotte Kinsey have not been heard from since. The two girls had gone to the fair with their boyfriends after calling their moms for permission. Royal Russel Long was a part time carnie and a long haul trucker. He was known for going around to state fairs and carnivals and enticing young girls with the promise of a job unloading stuffed animals from a truck that never existed. The four kids left with Long. The boys later told investigators Long took them to a nearby truck stop but the truck was not there. He asked the boys to get out and wait in case it showed up, while he and the girls went to check the next stop. The boys watched as the car drove away.
By the time he became the main suspect in the Kinsey and Pallett case, he was already serving a life sentence in a Wyoming prison for kidnapping and raping two young hitchhikers. One girl escaped, but Long took off with 12-year-old, Sharon Baldeagle, who was never seen again. A judge ruled there was not enough evidence to send Long to trial for the disappearance of Charlotte and Cinda. Royal Russell Long was acquitted. In 1993, Long died of a heart attack on the prison lawn.
Long's daughter told investigators how she'd witnessed him try to lure young girls into his truck in several different fairs and carnivals across the country. With all the information given by his daughter, investigators believe Long may have had hundreds of victims over the years.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Oklahoma City Police Department