WELEETKA — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000 reward for one of the guns used in the slaying of two Weleetka girls, and officials say it could be evidence that could help solve the case.
The gun is a Glock .40-caliber model 22 handgun with the serial number EKG463US, agency spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.
“I'm very excited,” Okfuskee County Sheriff Jack Choate said. “I think if we can recover this weapon it might be what breaks open this case.”
Whoever has the gun is not suspected of any crimes and likely doesn't know it was used in the girls' killings, Brown said.
“We have been running leads for three years,” Brown said. “This is the result of great detective work and investigations.”
After the 2008 killings, investigators began ballistics tests to determine more about the gun that fired the .40-caliber shell casings found at the scene.
Investigators, using tips and other information, were able to come up with a serial number, Choate said.
By now, the gun could have been sold one or more times.
Joe Mosher, great uncle of victim Taylor Paschal-Placker, said the family is cautiously optimistic.
“If they know the serial number, I think it means they know something more,” Mosher said. “We're hoping something comes of this.”
Leads are coming in daily to the Okfuskee County sheriff's office, and Brown said agents regularly get tips. OSBI investigators continue to explore leads and are looking at several suspects.
Choate said he's confident the killers are still in the area.
Portions of the OSBI investigation file in November were given to an FBI behavioral analysis unit focusing on crimes against child victims, including abductions, homicides and sexual victimization.
Brown said she couldn't release any information about the profile reports other than to say “they were helpful.”