OSBI says several suspects eyed in Weleetka killings

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials say they have several suspects in 2008 slayings of two Weleetka girls, Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11.

BY MANNY GAMALLO - Tulsa World Modified: June 9, 2010 at 6:37 am •  Published: June 9, 2010
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WELEETKA — Several suspects are being eyed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in connection with the shooting deaths of two young girls northeast of town two years ago.

Bureau spokeswoman Jessica Brown wouldn't give any more details during a Tuesday morning news conference at the scene of the June 8, 2008, killings.

Brown did, however, caution that the OSBI has interviewed scores of people in connection with the case.

Her announcement that several suspects are being looked at in the deaths of Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, did give their families attending the news conference encouragement, the girls' fathers said.

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Anyone with information about the case should call the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or the Okfuskee County Sheriff's Department at (918) 623-1122. Okfuskee County District Attorney Max Cook said his Okemah office can be reached at (918) 623-1411, and his Sapulpa office can be reached at (918) 224-3921. A reward fund for the capture of the girls' killer or killers stands at more than $160,000.

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