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    Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman - missing since 1999. Arrest made in April 2018

    I am surprised we didn't have a thread about this already. I cannot believe some progress has finally been made. Apparently the men showed photos of the girls to others while they were in captivity. So people knew about it!? WTF? And they were kept alive for 'some time'. How utterly terrifying.

    A suspect is in custody in connection to the case of two Oklahoma girls who have been missing since 1999.

    December 30-31, 1999, the bodies of Danny and Kathy Freeman were found inside their burned home near Welch.

    They were shot and killed before their home was set on fire.

    The Freeman?s 16-year-old daughter Ashley and her friend Lauria Bible were missing.

    Lauria, 16, was staying the night at Ashley?s house to celebrate Ashley?s birthday.

    The Craig County sheriff called OSBI special agents to help investigate.

    For years, agents and many other investigators have followed numerous leads, interviewing a multitude of possible witnesses and suspects while searching wells and other possible burial sites.

    However, in December 2017, officials said leads gathered that year could be a turning point in the case.

    An OSBI agent and District 12 District Attorney?s Office investigator have interviewed several people who possess knowledge about the murders and the missing girls.

    In December 2017, Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey provided investigators with previously unknown notes and documents he discovered referencing the Freeman/Bible case left from the previous sheriff?s administration.

    Those notes and documents have proven extremely valuable.

    According to Fox 23, a suspect is in custody in connection to the crimes related to the girls? disappearance.

    Authorities said Ronnie Dean Busick, 66, was arrested Sunday.

    Busick is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of arson.

    Two other people who were also possibly involved in the crimes are deceased, Fox 23 reports.

    Authorities identified those people as Warren Phillip Welch II and David A. Pennington.

    Investigators reportedly told family members that they believed the two girls were kept alive, but are likely dead now.

    Authorities are still investigating and are searching for clues about where the victims may be buried.

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    I wonder why four counts of first-degree murder?

    ETA - Oh, duh. The rest of the family.

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    I was looking for this earlier too. I could have sworn we had a thread, or at least talked about it somewhere, but I couldn't find anything.

    That is terrifying that they were kept alive...and infuriating that people knew. I think anyone that knew should be charged with their murders too.

    So the notes were from the previous administration, and essentially got them to where they were today with an arrest, right? Makes me wonder if LE looked the other way or didn't pursue something they should have?

    ETA: I hate to say it, but if they were kept alive for awhile, you can guarantee that they should probably add rape to the charges.
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    Wow.

    Around midnight or in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 1999, the three men visited the Freeman home on the outskirts of Welch with plans to sell drugs when the teens walked in unexpectedly, according to the affidavit.

    Other witnesses said the killings was carried out over a drug debt, the affidavit states.

    An accelerant was placed near the wood burning stove and by daybreak the mobile home was engulfed in flames, investigators have said about the crime scene in the early phase of the investigation.

    When the smoked cleared, Lauria’s car was still parked in front of the Freeman mobile home with the keys in the ignition and her purse, containing money, was found in the charred rubble of the Freeman mobile home.

    Danny and Kathy Freeman were both fatally shot in the head, according to autopsy reports.

    The details of the rest of the night have been cloaked in secrecy for almost two decades.

    Welch and Pennington were overheard calling the victims “two little bitches,” several years after the crime, the affidavit states. Witnesses also claimed the men said, “if they wouldn’t have taken off running … they would still be alive”

    Welch had nailed the teens’ missing poster to a wall of his mobile home, witnesses said.

    Welch also had photos depicting the teens “lying on a bed, facing each other, with their hands tied and their mouths gagged,” according to witnesses quoted in the affidavit. In some photos, the affidavit states Welch was lying next to the teens.

    One witness stated “the girls looked ‘emaciated’ and another witness said the girls “appeared to ‘be tied up against their will,’” the affidavit states.

    The Polaroids were kept “like a ‘trophy’” and stored inside a leather briefcase to be passed around the ringleader's circle of drug dealers, the affidavit states.

    Insurance card links Welch
    The photographs of the girls' last days were never found, but multiple witnesses told investigators they'd seen them. They were tied to key evidence found by private investigators that allowed law enforcement to crack the case.

    A day or two after the slayings in 1999, private investigators Joe Dugan and Tom Pryor found an insurance card alongside the road near the scene of the crime. It was a critical discovery, although it took nearly two decades for that to become apparent.

    The insurance card belonged to Welch’s former girlfriend, though she reportedly told the FBI she didn’t know why her card was near the scene, the affidavit states. Witnesses say Welch frequently drove the girlfriend’s dark-blue sedan, which was believed to have been seen traveling near the Freeman residence early the morning of the slayings.

    Witnesses described the suspects as “holy rollers” who cooked methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagela...3ee3e928a.html

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    http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagela...3ee3e928a.html

    A day or two after the slayings in 1999, private investigators Joe Dugan and Tom Pryor found an insurance card alongside the road near the scene of the crime. It was a critical discovery, although it took nearly two decades for that to become apparent.
    Pryor found the blue sedan linked to the insurance card in a Picher salvage yard and contacted authorities early in the investigation. The affidavit states Pryor was told, “The vehicle had gone through too many hands to be processed” for evidence.

    Two FBI lead sheets dated Jan. 3, 2000, reference the insurance card, which Pryor kept. When authorities questioned him on Aug. 18, 2017, he gave the card, car registration and rental receipts naming Welch to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Tammy Ferrari, the affidavit states.

    Pryor and Dugan abandoned their investigation after being told by law enforcement officers they were “interfering,” and their private investigator licenses “would be cancelled,” according to the affidavit.

    After Dugan died in 2009, his family attempted to turn over his investigation files to Jimmie Sooter, then Craig County Sheriff, who turned them down, the affidavit states. The family destroyed the files.

    Investigators who cracked the case said they received a crate full of reports and files in February 2017 from Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey shortly after he succeeded Sooter. Investigators described finding in the crate critical information that was not in the OSBI’s case file, including the names of individuals they subsequently interviewed.

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    Holy shit. I never thought that this would be solved after this long...
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    Because they are probably not ghetto and hood like me.

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    The more I read, the more convinced I become that the original investigating LE team didn't want to arrest these guys.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...id=mailsignout

    According to the Tulsa World, it was originally thought that perhaps Danny Freeman had killed his wife and fled with the teenagers. But on the day after the fire, Bible’s parents walked through the crime scene looking for clues to their daughter’s disappearance. The couple noticed Danny Freeman’s Rottweiler loyally sitting near a charred piece of debris. A closer look showed it was the badly torched body of Ashley’s father. He also had been gunned down.
    Another individual told police the girls were held for a “matter of days” at Welch’s trailer and were “raped and violently strangled to die.” The men allegedly said “if they wouldn’t have taken off running . . . they would still be alive.” The bodies, police allege, were “thrown in a pit.”
    Then there were the Polaroids.

    The girlfriend told police she discovered them after Welch was jailed for beating her a few months after the Freeman murders. Welch kept the photos in a leather briefcase, she told police. She “was certain the girls in the Polaroids were the same two girls identified in the reward poster,” according to the affidavit. The photos showed the girls bound and gagged and lying on a bed. According to the police affidavit, Welch’s girlfriend “reported she recognized the bed as being the one that was in her and Welch’s bedroom.”

    The girlfriend threw the photos in the trunk of an abandoned car at the trailer, then fled to a friend’s house. When Welch got out of jail, he phoned the girlfriend, demanding to know where the Polaroids were. He told her he knew she had seen them. “Don’t you ever tell anybody or you will end up in a pit . . . like those two girls,” he allegedly threatened.

    Another witness told police Welch and Pennington had tried to show him the pictures years after the crime, shoving them in his face: “Here, look,” he said. They acted as if they were “proud” of the images. A different individual described walking in on the three men looking at the photos together, which they quickly covered up when the witness entered the room
    “The man charged with murder and the other two men mentioned but now deceased were all names we have had for years from tips received,” the Bible family wrote this week on Facebook. “The Polaroids mentioned, we’ve known about for years. None of this information was new to us, although seeing it on paper made it real for us. ”

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    https://tulsaworld.com/news/cellar-t...448a96904.html

    Based on information from the only still-living suspect, authorities will be excavating an abandoned root cellar in the Tar Creek area of Ottawa County on Tuesday, searching for the remains of two Craig County teenagers who have been missing for 20 years and are presumed dead.

    Ronnie Busick, 68, pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of accessory to murder in the Dec. 30, 1999, deaths of Danny and Kathy Freeman, their daughter, Ashley Freeman, and her friend Lauria Bible. Both girls were 16.

    He was sentenced to 15 years, to serve 10 years in Oklahoma Department of Corrections custody and five years on supervised release.

    His formal sentencing is set for Aug. 31, and his sentence is to be slashed in half if Busick provides information leading to the recovery of the girls’ remains.

    District Attorney Matt Ballard and prosecutor Isaac Shields said after the July 15 hearing at which Busick pleaded guilty that he already has provided some information and that there may be a provision for him to lead investigators to a location.

    For the past two decades, investigators have searched mine shafts and dug up basements, wells and open fields while divers have searched ponds and Grand Lake.

    Investigators believe that Warren Phillip Welch II, David Pennington and Busick shot Danny and Kathy Freeman and kidnapped the girls on Dec. 30, 1999, and set the Freemans’ mobile home in Welch on fire.

    The teens were taken to a mobile home in Picher, where they were bound, tortured, raped and killed, investigators believe.

    Welch and Pennington have since died.

    Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Agent Tammy Ferrari and District 12 District Attorney’s investigator Gary Stansill have been analyzing and researching possible search locations for the girls’ remains.

    Lauria’s family continues to plead for people who have information but still haven’t shared it to come forward.
    Lots of pics at the link above

    Has anyone watched the HLN series Hell in the Heartland about this case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    https://tulsaworld.com/news/cellar-t...448a96904.html



    Lots of pics at the link above

    Has anyone watched the HLN series Hell in the Heartland about this case?
    No, but I'd be interested if someone tells me it's worth it. I remember when this happened, can't believe it has been 20 years already. Also, good article, but these bytes had me

    Authorities search the Wyandotte home of a man named Paul Glover based on information from a jailhouse snitch. OSBI removes a patch of blood-stained carpet, however, testing reveals it?s not related to the missing teens.
    Blood stained carpet in his house??? And it didn't belong to Ashley or Lauria. FTR, there is not, and has never been "blood-stained carpet" in my house. Ever.

    After private investigator Joe Dugan died in 2009, his family reportedly attempted to turn over his investigative files to the sheriff's office, which turned them down, an affidavit states. The family destroyed the files.
    Both the sheriff's office and he PI's family are jackholes. Give the files to the Bible family so they can keep them safe. Why would you ever destroy something like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    No, but I'd be interested if someone tells me it's worth it. I remember when this happened, can't believe it has been 20 years already. Also, good article, but these bytes had me



    Blood stained carpet in his house??? And it didn't belong to Ashley or Lauria. FTR, there is not, and has never been "blood-stained carpet" in my house. Ever.



    Both the sheriff's office and he PI's family are jackholes. Give the files to the Bible family so they can keep them safe. Why would you ever destroy something like that?

    To be fair, I have had blood stained carpet, but that's because I used to have a dog with Erlichia and sometimes she would just randomly bleed from her nose. But not human blood, I promise!

    And yeah, it isn't related to the missing girls, then who the hell is it from???

    Destroying those files makes absolutely no sense. I lived not super close, but not super far, from this when it happened. It really shook the area up. I hope they can find their bodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    To be fair, I have had blood stained carpet, but that's because I used to have a dog with Erlichia and sometimes she would just randomly bleed from her nose. But not human blood, I promise!

    And yeah, it isn't related to the missing girls, then who the hell is it from???

    Destroying those files makes absolutely no sense. I lived not super close, but not super far, from this when it happened. It really shook the area up. I hope they can find their bodies.
    These nine words wouldn't make sense on any other forum.

    I can't imagine what it must have been like for the people in the surrounding area. And to see 20 years later that these three pieces of filth were responsible... ugh. I'm glad the two are dead, but the one who is still alive shouldn't be. Maybe the Great Architect has a slow painful death planned for him, at least one can hope.
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    https://tulsaworld.com/news/update-s...448a96904.html

    Update (1 p.m. Tuesday): The excavation of an abandoned root cellar has turned up nothing, investigators say as the search continues for two girls missing from Welch since 1999.

    Investigator Gary Stansill said he was "very disappointed."

    "I don't know if he got it confused with something else," Stansill said of suspect Ronnie Busick's tip to look at the cellar. "He's got years of drug abuse; I don't know. He provided landmarks and detail that only he would have known."

    Lisa Bible Brodrick, Lauria's cousin, spoke of Busick's tip after the failed excavation Tuesday.

    “He said he was 80% sure we would find them there. I’m 100% sure he’s a liar and a thief, stealing away our girls and what our lives should have been," she said. "He should know he doesn’t win today because as long as I live and breathe, the search to find the girls will go on. We will keep pushing and showing up. We will never go away, and that he can be 100% sure of."

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    https://www.fox23.com/news/local/mis...NAUIASSIU6BNA/

    A judge sentenced a man Monday to 10 years in prison, with five years of probation, for his involvement in the disappearance of two girls from Welch in 1999.

    Ronnie Busick pleaded guilty to accessory to murder on July 15 and his sentence depended on whether or not the remains of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible were found before Aug. 31.

    Busick could have been sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation if the remains were found, but was instead sentenced to 10 years in prison including the two years he had already served in jail.

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