Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman disappeared after the teens celebrated Ashley's 16th birthday with a sleepover at the Freeman family home. It has been 17 years since anyone has seen or talked to them.
WELCH – Jay and Lorene Bible are praying 2017 will be the year the family receives answers to the many questions surrounding the disappearance of their daughter and her best friend.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation classifies the girls’ disappearance as an ongoing investigation.
Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman disappeared after the teens celebrated Ashley’s 16th birthday with a sleepover at the Freeman family home.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 1999, the Freemans’ mobile home in Welch went up in flames, and the charred remains of Ashley’s parents, Danny and Kathy Freeman, were found in the ashes later. The Freemans had sustained gunshot wounds that shattered their skulls, according to autopsy reports.
The teens have been missing for half their lives. It has been 17 years since anyone has seen or talked to them
Lorene Bible said in an interview last year with reporter Sheila Stogsdill, “I remember the last words said were, 'I love you. See you tomorrow.' Not a day – not an hour – not a minute goes by without us praying for knowledge of where to find her.”
For years investigators have investigated several theories, but the main theory that resurfaces is that intruders killed the Freemans, set the mobile home on fire and kidnapped the girls.
Lauria and Ashley’s story has been profiled locally, statewide and nationally, and yet it remains unsolved.
The Freeman family had Ashley declared legally dead in 2010, according to court records.
A shotgun blast sheared off the bottom portion of Danny's face, according to an autopsy report. Kathy was shot in the back of the head and was found by investigators lying face down on the couple’s waterbed.
Danny’s remains were found the next day near the waterbed by the Bible’s while they were searching through the ashes.
Danny’s extensive arrowhead collection was never discovered in the rubble, and Lauria’s car was still parked in front of the Freeman mobile home with the keys in the ignition. Her purse, which contained money, was found in the charred remains of the Freeman mobile home.
A Person Of Interest
Jeremy Jones, 42, a convicted killer and rapist who once lived in Miami, was a person of interest in the Freemans' deaths.
Arrest records show Jones was arrested for public drunkenness and possession of drug paraphernalia at 4 a.m. Dec. 30, 1999, less than 18 miles from the Freeman’s farm.
Jones confessed to killing the couple and setting their mobile home on fire over a drug debt and taking the teenagers to Galena, Kansas, where he said he shot them and threw their bodies into an abandoned mine.
A search of the area in June 2005 turned up nothing, and Jones recanted his confession.
Jones has never been charged in the case and is on Alabama's death row for the murder and rape of a Turnerville, Alabama, woman.
Persons with information concerning the case are asked to call the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.