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Wed June 2, 2010

Effort to Increase Reward

Henryetta, OK – Auction to raise reward money in Weleekta deaths

HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) A Henryetta bar plans to hold an auction to raise money to increase the reward fund for information that leads to a conviction in the mysterious killing of two Weleetka-area girls two years ago.

The auction at Marvin's Place will be held Sunday afternoon. It's the third time the bar has held an auction to raise money to boost the reward funds in the case.

Authorities say 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker were shot to death on June 8, 2008, on a county road in rural Okfuskee County. No arrests have been made and authorities never have identified a suspect, even as they have pleaded for information about the deaths of the girls.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown says the current reward in the case is $160,000.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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