Weleetka case not progressing
A month after slayings, authorities lack suspects.

By Johnny Johnson Published: July 8, 2008
WELEETKA — A month has passed since two girls were shot to death on a rural Okfuskee County road, and investigators do not appear to be much closer to solving the crime than they were the day it happened.

No arrests have been made. No suspects have been identified. No motive has been determined. And a sketch of a mystery man who is listed as a "person of interest” has produced hundreds of leads but no notable results.

Stan Florence, an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation inspector, says authorities are still working hard to find the person or persons who killed 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker on June 8.

"Unfortunately, there's nothing to report, but to date, we have 451 leads received, and we have given a number of polygraphs, including a polygraph (Monday). So this case is still very active and ongoing,” Florence said.

Two weeks ago, OSBI officials decided to request a nationwide distribution of the information and sketch related to the girls' slaying in hopes of gathering information.

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Mystery man elusive
For the last three weeks, officers have been looking for a "person of interest” who was reported as a suspicious person in the Weleetka area when the two girls were shot. Authorities have never called the man a suspect, but said he may have seen something and may even be a possible witness.

He is described as an American Indian male, about 6 feet tall, with black hair and a ponytail. He was reportedly seen standing near a white Ford or Chevrolet single cab pickup with an Oklahoma tag.

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