Investigation: No suspects, officials say

By Johnny Johnson Modified: June 11, 2008 at 8:26 am •  Published: June 11, 2008
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/> Rosser said shell casings were found at the scene, as well as tire tracks and footprints. Rosser would not release the caliber of gun thought to have been used in the shooting. The girls had walked along the dirt road to the bridge over Bad Creek."We're not sure whether it was somebody passing by,” Rosser said. "It's an active area for people to throw things from the bridge or shoot things from the bridge.”

Rosser said the road, while remote, gets a fair amount of local traffic. The investigation so far has been focused on people who may live in the area or who would be familiar with the country roads.

"It's not likely someone pulled off the interstate or the highway and just stopped there,” Rosser said. "It's possible they went to meet somebody, or interrupted something, or maybe it was a personal attack.”

The OSBI announced a $14,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shootings. Rosser said the reward could increase as the OSBI gets calls of people wanting to donate. "America's Most Wanted” plans to do a segment on the slaying, he said.

Autopsies performed Monday on the girls show they had been shot in the head and chest, said Kevin Rowland, chief investigator for the medical examiner's office. Rowland did not release any other details, including the number of times each girl was shot. The girls were found wearing T-shirts and shorts.

Rosser said DNA is being recovered from the girls.

Samples taken from their clothing and under their fingernails are being tested for substances or anything that might give investigators a clue about the last minutes of their lives.

"We have no information on whether the girls were sexually assaulted or not,” Rosser said.

"In that time frame, I doubt it, but we're still looking into it.”

The Okfuskee County district attorney's office declined Tuesday to either confirm or deny whether any search warrants have been issued in the investigation.

Guest book: Taylor Dawn Paschal-Placker Guest book: Skyla Jade Whitaker

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In this undated photo, Taylor Paschal-Placker, left, is pictured with her grandparents, Peter Placker, center, and Vickey Placker.

How to help
•A fund has been set up to help pay for the funeral expenses for both girls. Donations may be sent to: Bank of Commerce, P.O. Box 48, Weleetka, OK 74880.

For more information call (405) 786-2216.

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