OSBI: This Is Not A Cold Case


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Updated: 12/09/2011 1:32 pm Published: 6/08/2010 11:36 am


On June 8th, 2008, two innocent girls were murdered near Weleetka in Okfuskee County.

Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, were shot multiple times on a rural road not far from Taylor’s home.

No arrests have been made in connection to the girls’ murders but the family and community are praying for justice.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford was there as the victims families, investigators and prosecutors pleaded for the killer or killers to come forward.

"If you are worried about your safety we will do whatever we can protect that safety," says Okfuskee County District Attorney Max Cook. "Please, if you are out there and you are listening, we urge you to give us any information that you might have."

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations agents say they are still receiving leads, new evidence has surfaced and so has several suspects but they won’t release those details.

"I do know that these are people that we have been looking at for several months,” says OSBI Spokesperson Jessica Brown. "We've done quite a bit of work in the past year by collecting information as well as evidence and hopefully that will help us solve this case but we are not there yet."

Meantime, Taylor and Skyla’s family and the community are praying for justice.

"Lord you know why we are here today in remembrance of two sweet little girls.”

The “Prayer For Justice” is a new tradition the principal and teachers at Graham Elementary have started.

"No evil person, death or anything can take from us the love and the memories that we have for those two little girls.”

It was two little girls who took their last walk on a rural dirt road two years ago.

"We are asking you Lord to give closure in this and we are asking for peace."

Families are pleading for the killer or killers to come forward or anyone to surface who knows what happened that night when the girls were found in a ditch, Taylor was shot five times and Skyla shot eight times.

"We need this thing solved,” says Peter Placker, Taylor’s grandfather. "Please it's been two years now, two years too long."

The families and community will never forget and with each flower planted at the memorial site is a piece of the girls' memory.

"They were good girls," says Placker.

Girls who have touched so many lives, even strangers such as Rich Beattie who traveled from Ohio to be in Weleetka for the two year anniversary.

"It's heart wrenching for what happened out here. They weren't doing anything wrong just walking down the road. Why someone thought they had to do this but I guess we may never get answers," says Beattie.

Then the final thought in the prayer before the community releases the balloons.

"Lord you know they can run from us but they cannot run from you."

Beattie created a website that has attracted followers from around the nation, www.taylorandskyla.net

There is a reward of more than $160,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the Weleetka case.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations is still using a sketch of someone it believes is a person of interest in the case, not a suspect.

If you have any information call OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.


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