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Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation offers reward for weapon in death of Weleetka girls

Oklahoma investigators have released the serial number of a handgun they say was used in the slaying of two Weleetka girls.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL and VALLERY BROWN Modified: September 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm •  Published: September 30, 2011

The guns

On Sept. 20, OSBI officials said they were looking for a gun believed to have been sold after it was used in the commission of a crime. At the time, they did not mention a connection with the Weleetka case.

A $1,000 reward was offered for information leading to the gun, but that generated no leads, Brown said.

Two separate guns were used to kill Skyla Whitaker, 11, and Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, on June 8, 2008. The two best friends were shot multiple times as they walked down a rural dirt road four miles northeast of Weleetka. Investigators said they appeared to have walked to the bridge and were returning home when they were killed.

Shell casings but no weapons were found at the scene. Brown declined to release information about the second gun.

An autopsy report does not list the caliber or types of bullets found; but the report indicates two different bullets, a medium-size copper-jacketed bullet and a small-size copper-coated bullet, were recovered.

The report showed Taylor was shot five times: three times in the face, once in the groin and in her right hand. The shot to Taylor's hand could have been one of the same shots that struck her in the head. Two of the shots were ruled potentially fatal.

Skyla was shot a total of eight times, including once in the neck, and seven spread out widely around the arms and torso.

Medical examiners found no evidence of sexual trauma. Gunshots from both guns were found on both girls.

Information, rewards

Anyone with information about the deaths of Taylor Paschal-Placker and Skyla Jade Whitaker can call the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or the Okfuskee County sheriff's office at (918) 623-1122.

A reward of up to $160,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the slayings. has disabled the comments for this article.