HENRYETTA — Construction of a billboard featuring reward information in the slaying of two Weleetka girls will begin today, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday. Oklahoma Crime Stoppers, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Lamar Outdoor Advertising have teamed to spread the word about the $30,000 reward offered in the case surrounding the deaths of Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker, said Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman. Taylor Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, were both shot to death June 8 along a dirt road in a rural area outside Weleetka. Lamar employees will begin working on posting the billboard about 9:30 a.m. today near the Henryetta exit on Interstate 40, one mile west of U.S. 75 on the north side of the highway, facing east. A second billboard on the opposite side of the road will be added later, Brown said. "We are grateful that Crime Stoppers and Lamar actively pursued helping us spread the word on this reward,” she said. She said someone in the community who likely drives the Interstate 40 route knows something about the deaths. It is hoped the billboard will serve as a constant reminder of the slayings and will work on somebody's conscience, she said.
No new developmentsBetween them, the girls were shot 13 times. According to a medical examiner's report, Taylor was shot five times: three times in the face, once in the groin and once in her right hand. Skyla was shot eight times, including one shot to the neck and seven shots to her arms and torso. "We still have several agents assigned full time as well as criminal analysts,” Brown said when asked about the investigation. But there are no new developments, she said, and no arrests have been made. Five people — Windy Espinosa, 34, Larry Peyton Smith, 34, Dustyn Dailey, 18, Mike Gaddy, 19, and Toney Kelough, 30 — testified before a multicounty grand jury earlier this month about the shootings.
How to help
Information sought in slayingsAnyone who has information about the June 8 shooting deaths of Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker is asked to contact the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation hot line at (800) 522-8017 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 635-8477.