Danny and kath freeman

Kathy and Danny Freeman

Real Name: Daniel and Katherine Freeman
Nicknames: Danny and Kathy
Location: Vinita, Oklahoma
Date: December 29, 1999


Details: On December 29, 1999, Danny and Kathy Freeman celebrated their daughter Ashley's sixteenth birthday with her best friend, Lauria Bible, who spent the night. Sometime during the night, their trailer caught fire and trapped the four inside. Over the course of a few days, police and Lauria's parents, Jay and Lorlene Bible, began looking through the ashes and found Kathy's body. Police could not find Danny's nor the girls' bodies and theorized that he killed Kathy and abducted them. However, his was found a day later. They both had been shot in the head before the fire. Lauria and Ashley's were never found, but Lauria's purse was left behind with $200 in it suggesting they might have been abducted and robbery was ruled out as a motive.
There were no suspects in the case, but before his death, Danny warned his brother, Dwayne Vancil, that if anything happened to him to look at the Craig County Sheriff's Department. His son, Shane, had been shot and killed by a deputy after taking a truck, and they were about to file a wrongful death lawsuit on the department. The case was turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the sheriff's department all passed polygraph tests. Another theory was that Danny was connected to drug dealers, but that theory never fit with the girls' disappearance. Some believe Ashley killed her parents and fled with Lauria, but no trace of them were found.
Suspects: The Vinita police were investigated but cleared of any involvement in the case. The drug dealing theory has not been ruled out, but seems unlikely. The one of Ashley murdering her parents and fleeing with Lauria has not been ruled out either.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the July 3, 2001 episode.
Results: Unsolved. Death row inmate Jeremy Jones later confessed to killing the Freemans, then abducting and killing the girls before dumping their bodies in an abandoned Kansas mine. However, he later recanted and claimed that he had made up the story for better privileges in prison. Police are investigating him, considering him still a suspect in the case, but he has not been charged. Sadly, no trace of Ashley or Lauria was ever found

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