Update: Ronnie Busick has been sentenced to 10 years of prison time, with 5 years of probation for the murder and kidnapping of Laura Bible, Ashley Freeman, and her parents. This closes a long chapter in a family’s search for closure but the case will never truly be closed until the bodies of Laura Bible and Ashley Freeman are found.
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.”
That night, the Freeman family’s home was set ablaze. Leaving only the remains of Ashley’s parents, Kathy and Danny Freeman. The police began looking into homicide after it was discovered the parent’s cause of death was not the fire but was actually a shotgun blast to the head.
The bodies of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible are yet to be found.
Many years later, progress was finally made in the case with the charging of Ronnie Busick. He was charged with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of arson. He has since signed a plea deal with prosecutors to serve a prison sentence of 10 years with 5 years of probation. Although the Bible family wishes Ronnie would have gotten a stronger sentence they are happy to finally see Busick behind bars.
See the original Unsolved Mysteries segment on this case streaming in S11:E1 with Robert Stack and S2:E8 with Dennis Farina. https://unsolved.com/streaming-2