A girl dubbed “Valentine Sally,” who was found dead on an Arizona roadway on February 14, 1982, was positively identified this week.
On Valentine’s Day in 1982, an Arizona Dept. of Public Safety officer helping a driver on Interstate 40 about 30 miles west of Flagstaff found the girl’s body. The body was found under a tree about 25 feet north of westbound lanes of Interstate 40 in Williams. It was believed she had been dead for about two weeks, NCMEC reports. She was found wearing a sweater and jeans.
Coconino County Sheriff’s detectives worked with St. Louis County Police Dept. Missing Persons detectives and the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Dept. when contacting the family in Missouri.
Sheriff’s detectives traveled to the St. Louis area to interview members of the Eaton family after the DNA sample match. Family members told detectives a sibling, identified as 17-year-old Carolyn Eaton, had run away from home around Christmas in 1981. Detectives collected DNA samples from the relatives, which also matched “Valentine Sally’s” DNA profile.