Reward of $160,000 renewed in Weleetka slayings

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm •  Published: October 27, 2009
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WELEETKA — Authorities on Tuesday announced a 90-day extension of the $160,000 reward in connection with the unsolved 2008 shooting deaths of two girls near Weleetka.


Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents "continue to receive and follow leads" in the June 8, 2008 shooting deaths of best friends Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, bureau spokeswoman Jessica Brown said in a news release.

Officials ask anyone with information about the deaths to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 635-8477. Callers may remain anonymous.

An anonymous donor and two Tulsa-area oil companies combined to offer $120,000 of the reward this summer. The U.S. Marshals Service, OSBI and community donations make up the rest. The reward applies to information leading to a conviction in the case.

Taylor and Skyla were shot a total of 13 times as they walked along a road near the Placker home about four miles from Weleetka. The OSBI at one point identified a "person of interest," a man with a long ponytail, and a grand jury was impaneled in connection with the deaths, but no charges were filed, no arrests have been made and officials have never publicly identified a suspect.

An OSBI investigator said in August the increased reward spurred a number of new calls in the case, and while some were looked into, many were deemed "not-so-valuable."


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