Authorities in Oklahoma have released new details on a handgun that was used to murder Taylor Paschal-Placker and Skyla Jade Whitaker, two young girls who were brutally slain in 2008. If the weapon is located, authorities say they may finally be able to solve the case.
"It will help us tremendously," Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown told The Huffington Post. "We need to get it solved and we think that gun would go a long way towards helping us do that."
Brown said investigators believe the weapon, a .40 model 22 Glock handgun, was sold in March at a gun show in Tulsa.
Investigators know the weapon's serial number to be EKG463US, but they are uncertain who purchased the handgun.
"When you buy a gun through a dealer in Oklahoma that is recorded, but if individuals sell it at a place such as a gun show, it is not recorded," Brown said.
The bodies of Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, were found on June 8, 2008, in a ditch along County Line Road in Weleetka.
Skyla had been spending the night at Taylor's house, and the two had decided to take a walk along the dirt road, the Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office said.
When the girls failed to return home, Taylor's grandfather, Peter Placker, went looking for them. He walked roughly a quarter of a mile down the road before discovering the girls' bodies.
According to autopsy reports, Skyla had been shot a total of eight times in the neck, arms, shoulders, chest and abdomen. Taylor had been shot five times, in the face, groin and hand.
The county coroner found no signs of sexual assault, but he did find that each of the girls had been shot with two different caliber bullets.
The OSBI does not believe the person who currently owns the Glock handgun they are seeking is involved in the murders. Brown said they are offering $5,000 for the weapon.
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Brown will not reveal what led authorities to believe the Glock is one of the murder weapons.
"Through our investigation we have determined it was one of two guns used to kill the two girls. I can't get into any details, but through our investigative means we have done that."
Anyone with information about the girls' murders or the handgun is asked to contact OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.
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