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Flagstaff, ArizonaKTVI) — Approximately 40 years after the girl’s body was found near a highway in northern Arizona on Valentine’s Day, she was identified as a teenage runaway from St. Louis.
A detective at the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona has clearly identified the woman as 17-year-old Carolyn Eaton in St. Louis, Missouri.
During the investigation, the unidentified girl became known as: “Valentine Sally” By authorities for the day her body was discovered in 1982.
“Evidence from the scene was limited,” said Jim Driscoll, Coconino County Security Officer, who has been working on the case since the discovery of Eaton’s body in Williams, Arizona, about an hour’s drive from the Grand Canyon. I am.
“I thought we had her identify a couple of times, but in the end it wasn’t her,” he said.
Researcher received a grant from National Missing and Exploited Children’s Center I was able to hire a private company to process the DNA around me.
“With the advent of DNA, it really helped,” Driscoll said. “It’s great to finally identify and close this tragic situation.”
DNA was not used by police until four years after Carolyn’s body was discovered. Since then, science has made great strides.
“Valentine Sally” DNA It was entered in the online database. The information obtained from this database search identified her relatives.
The detective was able to find Carolyn’s potential family and traveled to the St. Louis area to interview relatives. The detective discovered that his family had a brother who had fled his home around Christmas 1981.
The victim’s DNA matched the first cousin in the St. Louis region. Detective Tom Taylor of the St. Louis County Missing Persons agency helped investigate the Arizona Police Department.
“You want the closure for yourself, for the incident, for your family,” Taylor said.
The detective also worked with Belfontaine Neighbors Police Station, Where Carolyn lived before she fled.
According to police, the teen has left home three times in the past and has returned. For years, Arizona authorities have been eager to find out who the victims are.
“Another example of why hope forever springs up, and why law enforcement can continue these cold and missing cases,” Taylor said.
Now that the victim has been identified, the detective is moving the lead to find the suspect. Driscoll said there was no doubt that Carolyn was killed.
For more information, call the Coconino Sheriff’s Office at 928-226-5087.
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