WELEETKA, Okla. - The bodies of two girls were found shot to death in rural Oklahoma along a dirt road the best friends walked dozens of times to play and go to sleepovers.
By yesterday, investigators still had no suspects and were unsure of the motive for Sunday's killings of 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker.
Residents remained on edge knowing a murderer could be in this close community of 1,000.
"Believe it or not, I have never pulled any shades in my house and I keep my doors unlocked," said Dena Priddy, a teacher's aide at the school the victims attended. "You just don't expect these things to happen here."
Taylor's grandfather found their bodies after his wife got no answer when she called Taylor's cellular phone. The girls were sleeping over at Taylor's house and had decided to take a walk down the desolate road Sunday afternoon.
Peter Placker sobbed uncontrollably Monday as he tried to remember finding the girls' bodies about a quarter of a mile from his house near Weleetka, about 70 miles south of Tulsa.
"I can't describe coming up on it," he said. "I done it once and I can't do it again."
Kevin Rowland, chief investigator with the state medical examiner's office, said the girls each suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
Full autopsy results were not available yet, but sexual assault appears unlikely, said Special Agent Ben Rosser of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He noted the girls were clothed and had only been missing for a half hour.
Investigators were examining evidence, including tire tracks, shell casings, ballistics and shoe prints for any possible leads.
"We will bring all the resources we need to try to help in our investigation," Rosser said in an afternoon news conference.
But as of yestereday afternoon, authorities had identified no suspects or persons of interest in the crime.
"Nobody we could put a finger on and say this guy's good for it," Rosser said.
A $14,000 reward was being offered for information about the killings.
Investigators suspect a local person was involved because the killings occurred in such an isolated area, Rosser said. *