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Has Weleetka case gone ‘cold?’

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON Modified: November 16, 2008 at 8:02 am •  Published: November 16, 2008
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/> But the weapons investigation has not produced any new developments, OSBI officials said.

In early September, Okfuskee County residents hoped that state grand jury proceedings, which included testimony from at least three men who had fallen under suspicion in the crime, would bring some closure. But the grand jury disbanded with no indictments, and a report simply stating "these types of cases are tough.”

Later that month, a billboard went up on Interstate 40 seeking information about the slayings of Skyla and Taylor, but that has not produced any breaks, either.

Investigators still believe two guns were used to shoot the girls a total of 13 times, indicating there was more than one shooter, and because of the rural location, the shooters likely were from the area.

There have not been similar shootings in the area, Brown said.

Residents near the area repeatedly have been promised that officers are confident the case is going to be solved but are repeatedly disappointed when that news doesn’t come.

Dusty Chancey, superintendent of the Graham School, which both girls attended, has faith investigators working the case won’t let it grow "cold.”

"I’m really confident that the sheriff’s office and the OSBI want to get it right,” Chancy said. "I just think they don’t want to rush into something and not get a conviction. I’m pretty sure that’s the way most people feel. You don’t want a technicality to prevent a conviction.”

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Information sought

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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