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Lauria Bible & Ashley Freeman

Two teenage girls are missing after bodies are found in a burned out trailer.


Lauria Bible

Missing:

Gender: Female
DOB: 4/18/83
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 130 lbs.
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Brown
Defining Characteristics: Has a mole under her nose and a scar on the top of her head
Remarks: Last seen 12/29/99


Ashley Freeman

Missing:

Gender: Female
DOB: 12/29/83
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 145 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dark blonde
Defining Characteristics: Has a scar on the upper left side of her forehead
Remarks: Last seen 12/29/99


Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible


The Freeman’s home was an inferno

CASE DETAILS


Two bodies were found in the ashes

Vinita, Oklahoma, is a small rural town in Craig County. On December 29, 1999, local teenager Ashley Freeman turned 16. It was a night of celebration for her parents and for her best friend Lauria Bible. Lauria's father, Jay, recalled the last time he saw his daughter:

"Lauria, she said to me, 'Daddy, is it all right if I spend the night with Ashley in the Freemans' home?'   I said, 'Well, just make sure you're home by noon tomorrow.' And, noon tomorrow didn't happen the way it should've."

Sometime during the night, the Freemans' home became an inferno. By the time Lauria's parents arrived the fire was out, but the home had been reduced to ashes. Lauria's car was still there, but there was no sign of their daughter. Lorene Bible talked to the coroner:

"The county coroner told me that there was only one body, is all they found.   I said, 'Have they found anybody else?' And she said no. They've looked, but there's no other bodies there."


Sheriff’s deputies took polygraph tests

The body was Kathy Freeman's, the mother of Lauria's friend Ashley.   But where were Ashley, her father Danny, and Lauria Bible?   According to Captain Jim Herman of the Craig County Sheriff's Department, even the authorities were stumped:

"We only had one body accounted for. Could find no others. Yet we had all the cars there at the house.   That was a little bit bizarre. No one could quite piece two and two together on that.   It didn't make any sense."

Then the case became even more baffling when the coroner determined Kathy Freeman did not die in the fire, but from a shotgun wound to the head. The arson squad concluded that the blaze was deliberately set.  

According to Lorene Bible, her daughter Lauria and Ashley had been best friends since kindergarten:

"Lauria and Ashley would call each other at least once a week. What one was thinking, the other was thinking. It's kind of like when two people, one can finish the sentence when the other one starts one."


The girls weren’t found after the fire

The day after the fire, Lauria's parents returned to the crime scene. They hoped to find a clue the investigators had missed. After only 5 minutes, they made a shocking discovery: another body, almost burned beyond recognition. But it wasn't Lauria or Ashley.   According to Lorene, it was an adult male, and he, too, had been shot:

"He did not have anything from the upper teeth; all the way to the top of his head, was totally gone, like he'd been shot in the face."

The body was identified as Danny Freeman, Kathy's husband. And like Kathy, he had also been shot at close range with a shotgun. Investigators re-examined the crime scene and found no other bodies. However, they did find one important clue: Lauria's purse. In it were her driver's license and nearly $200 in cash. Lorene wondered why her daughter would leave her purse, unless she had been abducted:

"I felt that somebody had gone in there, and for whatever reason, murdered Danny and Kathy and took the girls."

The Craig County Sheriff's Department tried to piece together what happened the night of Ashley's birthday. If it had been a robbery, the purse would have been taken. And if murder was the motive, who had reason to kill Danny and Kathy Freeman, Ashley's parents?   Danny himself may have had the answer, which he revealed to his brother, Dwayne Vancil:

"He put his finger in my face and he said, 'If anything ever happens to me, look at the sheriff's department.'   And he was serious. He was in my face to drive it home with me."

For months, it had been rumored that the Craig County Sheriff's Department was feuding with the Freemans. It all began when Danny's son, Shane, was shot and killed by a deputy after he had stolen a truck and a neighbor's gun. Shane's killing was ruled justifiable, but the Freemans threatened to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the sheriff's department.   According to Dwayne, his brother told him the deputies were trying to intimidate him and his family:

"He was basically told, according to Danny, that they could do anything they wanted to him and his family, and there wasn't a thing he could do about it."

When Danny and Kathy Freeman were found dead, the Craig County Sheriff's Department voluntarily turned the case over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. They also consented to polygraph tests. Special Agent Steve Nutter, of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said the polygraphs were conclusive:

"All cleared themselves as a result of those examinations. The overall conclusion of our efforts was that the sheriff's office had nothing to do with the murders of Danny and Kathy and did not know the whereabouts of the two missing girls."

There was another possibility.   Some people said that Danny was a small-time drug trafficker and wondered if a drug deal gone bad had led to the double murder. Agent Nutter discounted that theory:

"If you wanted to consider that it was drug related, nothing fits correctly. The very last thing that the people who committed the murder would want to do would be to abduct the children."

There was yet another theory: Ashley Freeman murdered her own parents and then fled with Lauria. Captain Jim Herman of the Craig County Sheriff's Department said he had to consider the possibility:

"There was a great deal of friction in the Freeman household. Danny and his daughter did not get along well at all and hadn't for some time. That's something we can't overlook."

Agent Nutter doesn't think the girls were capable of murder:

"I find it difficult to believe that the girls, by themselves, could hide out that long and not be found."

Jay and Lorene Bible were left with only unanswered questions. Where were Lauria and Ashley and why had they left?

Lorene Bible:

"We have come to the conclusion that Lauria was in the wrong place at the wrong time.   I feel that she's still alive, but whether she's alive or dead, I want to know."

Jay Bible:

"We love her dearly and wish we could have her back, wish we could have both girls back, because at this point, I'd take and raise 'em both and never let 'em go."

In a bizarre twist no one saw coming, a death row inmate, Jeremy B. Jones, confessed to killing Danny and Kathy Freeman. He said he did it as a favor to a friend over a drug debt. Jones claimed that he took the two girls to Kansas, shot them, and threw their bodies into an abandoned mine. A search of the mine, however, turned up nothing. Jones then recanted his confession and denied he killed the girls. He said he lied to authorities to get better food and extra phone privileges in prison.

Investigators are now back to square one.  

Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season two with Dennis Farina and coming soon with Robert Stack.

 

Comments

Cathy's picture

This is so creepy!

*anonymous*'s picture

That is a little scary to find that out.

Anonymous's picture

This is ridiculous...

Tameka stakens's picture

this is so crazy a lot of people is like her

Bryana's picture

This event actually happened and if any of you begin to say that it's not real then you're wrong. I used to work for Lorene and I have much respect for her. She is a very strong woman and the fact that she is still looking for her child is amazing. I too, am reading up on this to find any facts that can help me get further into this investigation myself. She is the strongest woman I have ever met.

Krystal's picture

I just seen this on disappeared. It'so sad do you kno if they have found the girls yet ? And why didn't they ever question that girls boyfriend ?

Kendall's picture

They haven't found them. There was a search in chetopa Kansas last week but it turned up nothing.

Nancy Drew's picture

Does anybody know where the trailers owner was and where it was last seen?

Lisa0923's picture

I never heard anything about the owner of the trailer, I guess I just assumed that the Freeman's were the owners themselves. But that is an interesting point.

Anonymous's picture

This story is so bizzare and very creepy.. Its so heartbreaking... My heart goes out to the family. This is so haunting.... It must have been very calulated.. Both parents where shot. both girls are gone.the house was set on fire to hide evidence. Unfortunately the girls taken and I don't want to think about the rest. I feel the brother is right about looking into sheriff's office. The family already had a grievence with for killing their son. It come on they gave the case away willingly. Out of their hair. Case closed. No more law suits... Poof...up in smoke. Giving the department a polygraph test. Well they know their business. It would be easy to manulate that. No drug deal gone wrong would take to young girls. It was well thought out and calulated.

vinny's picture

you have no idea what a drug dealer is capable of if he is owed money, not only they will take those girls they will even take a baby if they have to, they are ruthless

anonymous 's picture

I've spent time in the unlawful side of things in craig County and the rumor I always heard that the drug trafficking was being done for some of the county deputies there is a lot more that goes with the story like the fact that the crime scene was released the same night as the first body was found the nurse that was in the er the night the son was killed was shoot and killed by some random person who was supposedly unhinged and he was shot dead as he left the emergency room that there was a call out to the residence and nothing was found and a few hours later another law enforcement agency was dispatched when the house was burning and the deputy that handled the original call before the house burnt contaminated the crime scene when the second body was discovered just too many things for it all to be a coincidence

Jessica's picture

I think this to be the case as well. I find it extremely hard to believe that these girls just vanished into thin air. And the murder of the parents was BRUTAL! Someone didn't want them talking. I just don't understand why the girls weren't murdered also. Maybe to confuse everyone???

This is just evil 's picture

I am just appalled by the fact that the sheriffs department did not find the father's body or Lauria's purse. What did the sheriffs department say to these parents when they came back to investigate the second time? I sure hope that they combed every area of that site and the area around it thoroughly. Hunting at the site and to find a dead father with the top of his head blown off and to find that purse must have been horrific. I feel for these families and will pray that those girls with be found.

scmom's picture

I agree I'Ll bet those girls were. In the ashes. Poor police work. Volunteer fire dept.and family looked for bodies? And why did BIbles let their daughter go to the trailer? Why did girls want to be at that trailer?

Anonymous's picture

When I first saw this story on disappeared it really & still does creep me out. The most logical explanation I can think of is maybe the sheriff's office. Whenever people say things like "if something happens to me, it's the.." It usually is the case. Clearly, there's alot to this that hasn't been made public with in the investigation with their son and this case. I hope and pray they find those girls.

Shad's picture

This is so confusing.....

JM's picture

I noticed while researching this case that on an "Unsolved Crimes" web page a reader posted a message in Spanish claiming that some children saw these two in Peru in May of 2014. Although it seems likely to be a hoax, I was wondering if anyone ever followed up on it just in case.

TK's picture

Do you remember what site you saw this on? I know the family and am not aware of anyone ever seeing this information. I'd love to be able to see the comment!

Monika's picture

This is the site with the mention of Peru:

https://stillunsolved.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/craig-county-teens-still-...

This is the comment by Roxana: les comunicamos que las han visto unos niños que les enseñamos la foto porque nos parecio conocidad ellas estuvieron en la ciudad de distrito de catacaos departamento de Piura- país PERU
bueno cualquier contacto fue en el cementerio de catacaos donde los niños las vieron el dia 14 de mayo del 2014 en la mañana. hay niños que las han visto una de ellas anda con un arete grande en la oreja.

Translation:

We inform you that they have been seen by some children who showed them the photo because it seemed to them that they were in the city of district of catacaos department of Piura-country PERU
Well any contact was in the cantecaos cemetery where the children saw them on May 14, 2014 in the morning. There are children who have seen them one of them walks with a large earring in the ear.

Suzan Carr's picture

I hope Laura found for her parents sake not knowing what happen and not being able to see her daughter. Pass away or alive please who is out there help this family put closure. Would you want to be that family not knowing where your child is? It doesn't matter who's involved please help.

Dewalt's picture

Actually the drug dealer theory makes scence. Cartels would take the girls to sell into the sex trafficking. It satisfies the debt.

natt's picture

I agree that makes alot of sense because the sex trafficking of young american girls in particular seems to be a huge business and sold into slavery to these foreign countries and has gone on for years I sure hope that family finds some closure.

Sue's picture

It's so sad about these girls, hope they're found alive and safe! Sometimes I have a hunch that the girls may have gone into the Witness Protection program,that's the only possible solution.

Mia 's picture

I watched this on a show called disappeared investigation ID for some Reason somethings telling me that it the freeman girls boyfriend... he might have know about the money she was saving for a car... just a thought...

vinny's picture

not only that, have you people noticed that the freeman family has never been as concern as the bible family, think about it and they even declared her daughter dead in 2010

Wade's picture

well, do you think that's because the Freeman PARENTS are DEAD? Idiot...

Brenda's picture

Well lets see the parent's are dead, and Danny freeman's brother went bankrupt and lost his family looking for his niece hummm, your right the Freeman's didn't care. If you don't know the families keep your mouth shut and don't point fingers !

Andrew's picture

I remember hearing about this case on New Years Eve 1999 and never forgot about it. Living in southwest Missouri at the time, it really was close to home. Still wonder what happened to them.

Anonymous's picture

how come i have never seen that much concern on the part of the freeman family, the bible family is the only one that have been spoken from the get go, don't you think it is weird?. could it be that the freeman did this in order to implicate the police department and doing so getting even

NOYB's picture

Maybe it is because the FREEMAN family were murdered. Kind of hard to show much concern if they are 6 feet under.

samantha's picture

The girls them selves had something to do with it prob, I mean come one there bodies still haven't been found? Shouldn't the been alittle worried, That there bodies have not been found till this day? They prob had something to do with it , u need to look into the girls them selves.

Anon's picture

It's rather hard to look into the girls to get their side of the story when they have been able to find them for 16 years!!

Jojo's picture

Interesting why would you say something like that unless you know something about them. You are trying to get people to manipulate people. I'm forwarding this to the state police just to be safe they will look up your IP address btw

Niki H.'s picture

I just wish they would release more DVDs of the original series, the reboot was..lacking. Robert Stack made it seem more pertinent, and his voice was soothing in the midst of evil doings. Let me buy the 90% of episodes not on dvd already!

unsolved's picture

Hi Niki - we're always hopeful another company like First Look will come along and want to release more DVDs.

Lee's picture

I believe that it was the serial killer, Jeremy B. Jones who killed the Freeman Parents and abducted their daughter and Lauria Bible, killed the two girls and dumped their remains so they could never be found. Jones knew information that was not released to the public, including how the parents were killed, and Jones was only 10 km from the Freeman's home when he was picked up and thrown in the drunk tank for the night. Jones was very detailed in how the events at the Freeman home was unfolded.

It is well known that a killer, at times, can be successful in hiding a body. I'm a private investigator and am working on a project (Highway of Tears - Highway 16 in BC, Canada)....where at least 5 Highway of Tears victims are missing.....the killer in each of the missing person cases successfully hid the victim's remains.......

Rhonda's picture

Yes..interesting. I live in the area of "The Highway of Tears" and think that it is not just one serial killer, as it has been going on now for so many years. The area is so central in BC it could be someone just passing through.

Malibujv's picture

Finally, an educated and very reasonable response from somebody who looked at all the facts! I too believe it was Jeremy B. In spite of him misguiding police to the mine, where the bodies were suppose to be. I'm pretty certain he buried the bodies elsewhere. I would not be surprised if the Police took the daughters money out of the freezer, after the house burned. Just my .02

Me's picture

Anyone considering that this whole thing could be 3 murders and a suicide, Danny Freeman being the culprit? He could've killed the girls and buried them, since its known he had issues w Ashley. Maybe Lauria was just in the wronglacr at the wrong time. Then he had to kill his wife so she couldn't turn Jim in. Of course then when he realized what he'd done, he put the shotgun in his mouth based on his injuries. Since authorities didn't find his body it's possible they missed his gun. I really don't think there's anyone else except maybe Danny's brother who could have killed them all then blamed the police dept. in order to file his OWN wrongful death lawsuit for a LOT more money...

Jessica's picture

So.... Did he set fire to the house after he killed the girls, his wife, then himself? That makes NO SENSE AT ALL. These people are desperately looking for TWO MISSING GIRLS. Posting stupid comments like this is THE OPPOSITE OF HELPFUL!!!

alicia tullison's picture

im sorry for hearing a sad story

Sue's picture

These comments about the Freemen family is sick ! Danny's brother has done everything he can to find Ashley and Laura. Unless you do know the whole story of this terrible tragedy and what happened please don't start blaming the families. None of them were involved, I can say that because I know them and they are good people. Don't you think the law checked both families out and where they were when this took place. I'm asking for both families, they've been threw enough don't accuse any of them. All they want is the girls back if anyone could help with that it would be a blessing then the families could finally rest themselves or at least know what really took place. God Bless....

nicole's picture

Have still not found them my prayers are with there mama and dad

Pam's picture

What kind of sadistic sack of crap would let these poor families agonize for years like this, send an anonymous letter, and at least let these families have some closure,
there is a special place in hell for the sack that did this.

Eric W Bohannon's picture

Ashley Freeman murdered her own parents and then fled with Lauria. Captain Jim Herman of the Craig County Sheriff's Department said he had to consider the possibility:
I see money, tied to 23 and21yo maybe 26yo boy friends, I see one of the males, killing the parents, with a shotgun, new ids were done, the G of the parents, took on the name of he grand mother 4 or 4, grand moms back, and I see them made a hand full ids, for them self's, I Tropical, arroba, one had a pilots li, I see a white carted plane, with that movie that had david Swimmer in it and his-Hope this helps
"There was a great deal of friction in the Freeman household. Danny and his daughter did not get along well at all and hadn't for some time. That's something we can't overlook."

USNCorpsman's picture

What? Your message is pretty incoherent.

Crystal's picture

Is that some psychic prediction or a statement from police? Could you clarify? I'm sure the families read these and I cant imagine the frustration when unable to understand the information being provided. Thanks

MLS's picture

I am always bothered by the sloppiness of the investigators involved in this case , totally missing Danny Freeman's body should make everyone question whether the officials involved really did nothing more than a cursory search of the scene , what if the girls were there buried in the rubble the entire time ? Did they ever find the gun ? Why was $200 found in Laura's purse but over $4000 missing from the freezer { personally I would place my bet on an official pocketing the cash unless the guilty party is known to the victims and had info on the cash }

While the theory that Laura & Ashley could have killed the parents and ran away might seem initially plausible one must consider these facts including was there even a car missing ? If they were walking or hitchhiking someone would have spotted them so I would rule that out unless there was a 3rd person involved who aided in their escape .

Drug dealer theory is flawed because most small time drug dealers don't usually murder and kidnap to exact revenge for a debt so unless the Freemans were confidential informants and a threat to local dealers I would rule that out unless there was a cartel connection involved ?

Serial killers usually like to leave personal calling cards to mark their kills , it's like bragging for them and they follow patterns in selecting victims so killing the parents and abducting two girls only to kill them a few miles away usually are not a trait of most serial killers , once the killer would have disposed of the parents he would have most likely sexually assaulted the girls and then murdered them in the trailer.

This leaves the most concerning of the theories and that is the wrongful death lawsuit against the county and sadly the most likely reality of what transpired in this case .Who better to set up a scene of dead parents and missing potential suspects to draw the suspicion away from the real culprits , even passing a polygraph holds no real value because they are considered inadmissible in our court systems for a reason , they are in fact unreliable .This theory would explain several crucial points that remain a mystery today including the WHY .....

Sienna Sunshine's picture

Please stop talking down on the Freeman family. The family has suffered a great loss and maybe that tragedy has traumatized the family especially that they loss Shane before the rest of the families demise. I really feel for the family deeply and feel deeply for the Bible family. I really hope this case gets solved in Jesus name I do.

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