Heinous Double Homicide: Murders of Two Oklahoma Girls, Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, Shock Community
The double murder of Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, have left an Oklahoma community stunned and searching for answers. The two girls were killed as a result of gunshot wounds. According to reports they had been shot multiple times. The bodies of Taylor Paschal-Placker and Skyla Whitaker were found on the roadside near the small town of Weleetka in Okfuskee County.
Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11
They left the older girl’s home late Saturday afternoon to take a walk along the rural road. An hour or so later, the Skyla’s mother called to say she wanted to pick up her daughter, and Taylor’s father left the home to go looking for them, “Her dad come down the road and found her. It’s pretty hard,” said Taylor’s uncle Joe Mosher. Sheriff Choate tells 2NEWS that his investigators have interviewed “persons of interest” in the case, as well as several possible witnesses. The sheriff says Okfuskee County had not had a homicide in more than five years.
VIDEO: 2 Girls Found Shot to Death on Oklahoma Road
Police are continuing to look for a motive for this double murder where Taylor Paschal-Placker and Skyla Whitaker who were found in a ditch on the roadside. Taylor’s grandfather, Peter Placker, found the children after he became worried when his wife tried calling a cellular phone the girls had with them and got no answer.
Okfuskee County Sheriff Jack Choate told the paper that they have a suspect in the case, but no motive.
“They were little girls,” Choate told the paper. “What possible motive could there be? You have to wonder, did they see something they were not supposed to? Were they at the wrong place at the wrong time?”
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Inspector Stan Florence said it was unknown if they were molested.
“This is a case that involves two innocent girls that were walking out on their own,” Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Inspector Stan Florence said. “Some evidence has been found at the scene which may be useful to us. We have spent a lot of time going down this road looking for evidence.”
UPDATE I: Listen to Clint Van Zandt on Scared Monkeys radio discuss this terrible case.
sketch of person of person of interest
A person of interest is sought by police for questioning in the deaths of Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11.
Investigators released a sketch Friday of a person of interest, possibly a witness, in the slaying of best friends shot to death along a country road. The development came on the same day their families laid the girls to rest.
Police are seeking a man who was seen in the area where Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, were killed Sunday along a dirt road in Weleetka, Okla.
He is described as a 6-foot American Indian man, possibly having European heritage, about 35 years old, with long black hair pulled into a ponytail.
Brown called the man a “witness” and a “possible person of interest,” and said someone saw him standing in front of a white Ford or Chevy single-cab pickup truck on County Line Road around the time of the girls’ death.
“He was stopped on the road actually kind of blocking the way there, standing outside his pickup truck, doing something,” she said. “And they couldn’t really tell what he was doing, so they kept driving because it looked a little suspicious.”