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Weleetka arrest creates false hope

By Hailey R. Branson and Johnny Johnson Modified: June 18, 2008 at 12:41 am •  Published: June 18, 2008

A message went out to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol that there was a hostage situation at the school and the person Okfuskee County officers had been searching for had taken a child hostage at the school. As the patrol scrambled a tactical unit to respond, another bulletin came through that they had arrested the man.

Weeletka Police Chief Marlene Lawson said she was able to take the man into custody without incident, and he was admitted later Tuesday to a hospital where he could be placed under medical supervision.

Police are still searching
Both Lawson and OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said they did not know where the reports came from that the man had claimed to be involved in the deaths of Taylor and Skyla; both said that Neiley was not part of the investigation.

Police have been searching for a "person of interest” whose sketch was released Friday— the day of the girls' funerals.

The man in the sketch is described as an American Indian, about 6 feet tall, with black hair and a ponytail stretching to the small of his back. Investigators say the man was seen standing near a white Ford or Chevrolet single-cab pickup with chrome striping and an Oklahoma license tag around the time and place the girls were shot.

"He doesn't look like him at all,” Lawson said comparing Neiley to the sketch. "Not even close.”

Okemah police officer R.L. Wilbourne, who lives just north of where the girls were shot, stopped by the spot Tuesday to pay his respects.

"I know about half the agents working on this case,” he said. "And I know they are staying after this night and day.” has disabled the comments for this article.


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