2 killers are suspected in shooting of Okla. girls

2 weapons found, investigators report

no motive known

June 12, 2008

WELEETKA, Okla. - Two guns and likely two people were involved in the shooting deaths of two young girls found on a dirt road near a tiny eastern Oklahoma community, investigators said yesterday.

"Typically you don't have one person using two weapons," said Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The types of weapons used were not released.

Each girl was shot multiple times in the head and chest, according to the state medical examiner's office.

Although a complete autopsy report has not been finished, investigators have said that sexual assault appears unlikely because the girls were clothed and had only been missing for half an hour.

The bodies of Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, were found Sunday by Taylor's grandfather near a bridge about a quarter-mile from his house near Weleetka, about 70 miles south of Tulsa.

Investigators were examining evidence, including tire tracks, shell casings, ballistics and shoe prints for any possible leads. They did not know of any motive.

Ben Rosser, an investigator for the state, said that the shootings might have been random, the girls might have intended to meet someone, or they might have interrupted a crime that was occurring.

The shootings were in an isolated rural area, leading investigators to believe a local person might have been involved.

"There's no indication that their friends and families are involved, but we're just keeping an open mind on anything right now," Rosser said.

A reward for information leading to an arrest in the case was increased yesterday to $25,000.

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