THE INVESTIGATION, A MYSTERY: Weleetka girls Taylor Dawn Paschal-Placker, 13, left, and Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, were best friends. The first, described by a family member as a big-hearted girl with no enemies, and the second, known as a carefree adventurer, often traveled the road near Taylor's house to play in the rural pastures. Now investigators are trying to find out how a normal afternoon walk ended with their bodies in a ditch. THE POLICE, A TOUGH TASK: Okfuskee County Sheriff Jack Choate finds himself investigating one of the most gruesome crimes imaginable. THE COMMUNITY, A SHAKEN SPIRIT: Flowers pile up where the two Weleetka girls' bodies were found, a reminder of the crime that has shaken the town.
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BY DAVID McDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN