June 10, 2008: A memorial to Taylor Paschal-Placker and Skyla Whitaker at the spot along a rural road where they were found dead.
Police release witness sketch in girls' shootings
By Emanuella Grinberg/CNN/ June 13, 2008
(CNN) -- Authorities released a sketch Friday of a "person of interest" in the shooting deaths of two Oklahoma schoolgirls.
Several witnesses reported seeing a suspicious man on the same dirt road where Taylor Dawn Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Jade Whitaker Taylor, 11, were shot Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said.
Jessica Brown said authorities believed that the man, "who didn't look like he should have been there," was on the road before the girls were shot multiple times in the head and chest and left in a ditch.
Witnesses described the man as an American Indian or possibly half-Caucasian with a black ponytail, about 6 feet tall and 35 years old. They said he was standing in front of a white single-cab pickup with chrome striping, possibly a Chevy or Ford model, with Oklahoma tags, Brown said in a press conference.
Earlier Friday, members of the community mourned the two girls at separate funerals.
Earlier in the week, Ofuskee Sheriff Jack Choate urged parents to keep a close eye on their children while authorities pursued the likelihood that a killer or killers were in their midst.
Since then, authorities have held daily press conferences in an effort to solicit leads from the public with reward money that had reached $40,000 by Friday.
SOMEONE KNOWS THIS "PERSON OF INTEREST"...