Reward increased in Weleetka girls' slayings

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - A coalition of Tulsa-area oilmen have helped increase to $160,000 the reward offered for information in the shooting deaths of two girls near the town of Weleetka last summer.

Lee Levinson of LPD Energy Corp. and Eddie Rongey of Dexxon Inc. spoke for the coalition Thursday during a news conference held by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at the Okfuskee County Courthouse. The previous reward was $40,000.

Thirteen-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker were gunned down June 8, 2008, along a dirt road in rural Okfuskee County, about 70 miles south of Tulsa.

No arrests have been made in the case and authorities still are searching for a motive.

The additional $120,000 is a time-limited reward offered for the next 90 days.

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