Real Name: Lauria Jaylene Bible and Ashley Renae Freeman
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Welch, Oklahoma
Date: December 30, 1999
Date of Birth: (Lauria) April 18, 1983, (Ashley) December 30, 1983
Height: (Lauria) 5’5” (Ashley) 5'7"
Weight: (Lauria) 130 lbs. (Ashley) 145 lbs.
Marital Status: (Lauria) Single (Ashley) In a relationship with Jeremy Hurst
Characteristics: (Lauria) Brown hair, hazel eyes, a mole under her nose, a scar on her head, and pierced ears, (Ashley) Unrevealed
Details: On the night of December 29, 1999, Danny and Kathy Freeman celebrated their daughter Ashley's sixteenth birthday with her best friend, Lauria Bible, who was spending the night in their mobile home in Vinita, Oklahoma. Her boyfriend, Jeremy Hurst, was also present, but he left at around 9:30 pm. Sometime during the night, a fire erupted inside the home that was reported by a neighbor at 5:30 am. That morning, police and Lauria's parents, Jay and Lorene Bible, began looking through the ashes and found Kathy's body. Police could not find Danny's nor the girls' bodies and police theorized that he killed Kathy and abducted them. However, his remains were found a day later. They both had been shot in the head before the fire. Neither Lauria nor Ashley were ever 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 had warned his brother, Dwayne Vancil, that if anything happened to him to look at the Craig Count 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 deputies voluntarily took themselves out of the investigation, and 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 a small time drug trafficker, and that he had met with two unidentified men two weeks before the murder, one of whom he did not want there and made them leave, but that theory never fit with the girls' disappearance. Some believe Ashley killed her parents and fled with Lauria, because there was evidence of friction between her and her father, but authorities do not believe that the girls could have hid out for so long. No trace of Lauria or Ashley has ever been found and a $50,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Suspects: The Freemans had an outstanding feud with the Craig County Sheriff’s department over their son, Shane, who had been shot and killed by a deputy after the theft of a neighbor’s truck and rifle. A judge later ruled the shooting as justifiable.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the July 3, 2001 episode. It was also profiled on America's Most Wanted and Vanished With Beth Holloway.
Results: Unsolved. Jeremy Jones and another man have both "confessed" to having led both Lauria and Ashley from the house and killing them elsewhere, but one confession has been proven false, and the other is suspected to be false as well. They have never been found.
- Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman at Unsolved.com
- Lauria and Ashley on the Charley Project.
- Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman at Orton's Crime Blog