Police releasing 911 call
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation today will release an excerpt of the 911 call made moments after two girls were shot to death last month on a rural Okfuskee County road outside of Weleetka.
Officials also plan to share information regarding "different investigative techniques” being used to determine who shot Taylor Placker, 13, and her best friend, Skyla Whitaker, 11. The two girls spent the night at Taylor's house June 7 and had gone out for a walk the following day when they were shot multiple times.
After six weeks of investigation, officers have run down more than 500 leads in the case, but have not determined a suspect or a motive, nor have they been able to identify or locate a man with a long ponytail listed as a "person of interest.”
Agency seeking private pastures
The federal government is looking for private pastures as part of its program to manage, protect and control wild horses and burros, some of which are now held in Oklahoma and two other states.
Additional pasture sites are being sought, each capable of providing humane care for up to 2,500 wild horses for a year, with options for four one-year extensions, according to a news release from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's wild horse and burro program.
Thousands of animals are removed from western ranges each year to ensure that herd sizes do not exceed the land's capacity to support them, according to a bureau news release.