OKEMAH — A reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for last year’s killings of two young girls near Weleetka soared to $160,000 on Thursday.
The reward was $40,000 until a group of oil producers from the Tulsa and Kiefer areas decided to pledge an additional $120,000, hoping the amount would lead to a break in the investigation.
At a news conference at the Okfuskee County Courthouse, Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said the agency is still receiving leads in the year-old case.
"By no means is this near a cold case,” Brown said Thursday.
Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, were shot a total of 13 times on the afternoon of June 8, 2008, as they walked along County Line Road not too far from the Placker home, about four miles from Weleetka.
The OSBI has followed hundreds of leads and questioned more than 100 people. The agency also tested guns among some of the gun owners in the area.
Two guns were used in the killings, and one of them was a .