Television show turns up leads in Craig County cold case, mother says

Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman, 16-year-old best friends from Craig County, disappeared Dec. 30, 1999. Their story was told Monday on “Out of the Ashes” on the Investigation Discovery network.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: January 23, 2013
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Two leads surfaced after a television show about the disappearance of two Craig County teenage girls aired, the mother of one girl said.

“I received two leads,” Lorene Bible said. “One was very credible.”

Both leads were turned over to Craig County Sheriff Jimmie Sooter.

“We are tracking down the names and investigating the leads,” Sooter said.

Investigators in the case have tracked down hundreds of leads since the girls disappeared Dec. 30, 1999.

Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman, 16-year-old best friends, had spent the night at the Freemans' mobile home to celebrate Ashley's birthday.

Their story was told Monday on “Out of the Ashes” on the Investigation Discovery network.

Danny and Kathy Freeman were fatally shot and their bodies were found in the ashes of the mobile home.

Authorities think the killer or killers set the fire to cover up the slayings. Lauria's car was found at the Freeman home with the keys inside.

The girls have not been seen since that night. Ashley Freeman was legally declared dead Oct. 18, 2010.

Jay and Lorene Bible said they are not giving up on finding their daughter, who would be 29 now.

Person of interest

Jeremy Jones, 39, of Miami, OK, a convicted killer and rapist who once lived in Ottawa County, was a person of interest in the Freemans' deaths.

He confessed to killing the couple and setting their mobile home on fire over a drug debt, but later recanted his confession.

Jones said he took the teenagers to Galena, Kan., shot them and threw their bodies into an abandoned mine.

A search of the area in June 2005 turned up nothing. He hasn't been charged in the case.


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