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Jessica Brown
Public Information Director


12/16/11                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           


2011 OSBI Agent of the Year Named

Special Agent Kurt Titsworth was named this year's OSBI Agent of the Year.

For more than three years, Kurt has worked the killings of two young girls in Okfuskee County while working a full caseload.  The day Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker were gunned down he began running leads.   Although agents flooded the area for months, it became evident justice would take delicate time to attain.   With measured humility and grace, he continued to keep the victims’ families informed of progress.

Kurt took advantage of every investigative tool available and called upon the resources of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the quest for the one piece of information needed to find the killer.

July 29, 2011, Kurt was called to assist on a missing person’s case in Okmulgee County.   The missing girl’s boyfriend was identified as a probable suspect.  During an interview, he admitted to killing Ashley Taylor.   During a search of his father's property, Taylor’s remains were found, as well as .40 caliber shell casings.  With the Placker and Whitaker murders always on Kurt's mind, he requested the casings be compared with casings found at the double murder scene.   They matched.  With dogged determination, he tracked down a serial number to the gun and discovered its ownership history.  This crucial piece of evidence has given the families the assurance that justice is within reach.

Throughout both the Placker and Whitaker homicides investigation, Kurt exemplified all things that make an OSBI Agent special.  He remained sensitive and considerate to the victims’ families while remaining ferociously vigilant in the search for the killer.  He exhibited professionalism, patience, and thoroughness under intense scrutiny.  Because of this, Kurt haas earned this year’s Agent of the Year award.