Witness tells of seeing girls before they were shot

By Johnny Johnson Modified: June 12, 2008 at 8:15 pm •  Published: June 12, 2008
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Results from ballistics tests yesterday confirmed that two guns were used in the slaying, said Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman.

Yesterday, investigators said the bridge is a common gathering place for teens, and it's also common for people to shoot or throw things from the bridge. Investigators say their search for suspects is focusing on people who live in the area, or might be familiar with county roads there.

Taylor, a sixth grader at Graham school, and Skyla, a fifth grader at the same rural school, left Taylor's home to walk down to the bridge Sunday evening. When they did not return and Taylor could not be reached on her cell phone, her grandfather Peter Placker went looking for the girls. He discovered their bodies in the ditch.

Both girls were fully clothed when they were found, and so far there is nothing to indicate that they had been assaulted, investigators have said.

Agents are hoping a $25,000 reward might bring forth information in the killings. Local banks contributed $5,000 towards the reward. The OSBI and U.S. Marshals have contributed $10,000 a piece.

Funeral services for the girls will be Friday.


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