- Ada, Oklahoma

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June 13, 2008

Murders still unsolved

Witness comes forward

Weleetka — A witness has come forward in the double homicide of 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker which occurred Sunday.

On Thursday Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Ben Rosser said a witness came forward who drove past the girls before they were shot. They are not releasing the witness' name or what exactly what he saw.

"We do believe the witness to be credible," Rosser said.

“He saw the two girls walking down the street, we believe, minutes before they were killed, and that’s as far as I can go with just what he saw," OSBI Public information Officer Jessica Brown said Friday.

Asked if the witness statements have led to persons of interest or suspects, Brown replied, “We’re getting closer all the time, and he (the witness) has been a great help.”

Paschal-Placker and Whitaker were shot to death Sunday as they walked down a dirt road near Paschal’s home.

Investigators believe there is more than one shooter after forensics tests have shown two different caliber bullets were used in the slayings.

Authorities have not released what type of guns were used. The reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible is now above $30,000.

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