On December 29, 1999, Lauria Bible was spending the night at her best friend Ashley Freeman’s residence in Vinita, Oklahoma as part of a celebration for Ashley’s sixteenth birthday. Later that evening or during the early morning hours of the following day, the Freeman family’s mobile home was set ablaze. Investigators ruled arson.
The body of Ashley Freeman’s mother, Kathy, was uncovered in the ashes. Her husband, Danny and the two teenage girls were unaccounted for.
Jay and Lorene Bible, Lauria’s parents, returned to the crime scene the day after the fire. While searching the rubble, they discovered – despite authorities’ insistence to the contrary – another corpse, later identified as Danny Freeman. Adding to the mystery was the fact that both Kathy and Danny had been shot at close range with a shotgun.
To this day, the whereabouts of Ashley and Lauria remain unknown. Two death row inmates have confessed to killing the girls, but further investigation into their admissions failed to produce a resolution to the crimes.
Since the Freeman murders and disappearances of Ashley and Lauria, speculation has swirled of drug ties, police corruption, family friction and connections to serial killers. The story has received heavy media exposure, including coverage on high-profile television programs such as America’s Most Wanted, Unsolved Mysteries and Investigation Discovery’s Disappeared.
Lorene Bible has refused to abandon the hope that she will one day discover what happened to her daughter on that December night in 1999. Mrs. Bible kindly spoke with me on the evening of January 29 to discuss the Freeman slayings, Ashley and Lauria’s vanishing and the ongoing investigation into the case.
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