WELEETKA — It's unclear whether a message scrawled in marker on a roadside memorial cross was meant to taunt investigators or be a joke. Either way, it is a stark reminder why people in a previously low-crime area of rural Okfuskee County started locking their doors last month.
"It said something to the effect of, ‘You'll never catch me,'” said Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The message appeared on the cross one month after Skyla Whitaker, 11, and Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, were gunned down on the same county roadside, just a few hundred yards from Taylor's house.
Nearly six weeks later, there are still no arrests, no suspects and no motive. And a sketch of a suspicious mystery man with a long ponytail who is listed as a "person of interest” has produced hundreds of leads but no notable results.
‘Interesting new things' may be coming next week
Brown said investigators do not think the message means anything or is of any importance. Brown said the number of people visiting the site makes it doubtful that forensic tests on the cross will reveal anything.
Brown hinted that she hopes to be able next week to share some "interesting new things” and "new techniques” investigators are using in this case, because she said the public should be reminded how hard investigators are still working to find the girls' killers.
"Not every crime is solvable,” she said. "I think this one will be.”