Billboard seeks hint in Weleetka slayings
Investigators hope reminder will draw witnesses forward.

By Sheila Stogsdill Published: September 26, 2008
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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.

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Information sought in slayings
Anyone 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.

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