The 1999 case of two missing 16-year-old girls in Oklahoma had issues long before it went cold. Police and family members are hoping that new evidence may finally lead to answers.
Two Murdered, Two Missing
In Welch, Oklahoma on December 29, 1999, 16-year-old Ashley Freeman had her friend, Lauria Bible, over at her place for a sleepover to celebrate her birthday.
In the early morning hours of December 30, a fire erupted in the mobile home of Freeman’s parents, Danny and Kathy. Police searched the rubble and found Kathy’s body. She had been shot in the head.
They later found Danny’s remains at the scene. He had also been shot and his skull had been shattered.
The girls were nowhere to be found. Bible’s car was still parked in the Freemans’ driveway with the key in the ignition.
Previously Unknown Evidence Found
For years, theories swirled about what had happened to the Freemans and Bible—everything from drug deals gone bad to the two girls murdering Danny and Kathy and then escaping to new lives.
Convicted killer Jeremy Jones initially confessed to the crime. He claimed he killed Danny and Kathy over an unpaid debt, set the mobile home on fire, shot the two girls, and then dumped their bodies in a Kansas mineshaft. Jones later recanted and the case went cold again.
The recent discovery of long-lost investigation notes at the Craig County Sheriff’s Office may shed new light on what happened to Freeman and Bible. The notes, which were found in a crate, were handed over to investigators who are working on the cold case.
According to Gary Stansill, an investigator with the Office of the District Attorney, District 12, the notes have generated new leads.
You May Be Able to Help
Police believe that someone, somewhere may still know what happened to the missing Oklahoma girls. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is currently offering a $10,000 reward for credible information. A private reward of $50,000 also stands.
If you have any information, you can contact the authorities at 1-800-522-8017 or e-mail [email protected]