IT’S been almost been two decades since the world was shaken by one of the most shocking unsolved mysteries to date.
Lorene Bible has been searching for answers into the disappearance of her daughter since 1999 and admits she wants her to be brought home “dead or alive”.
December marks 18 years since the 16-year-olds – Ashley (left) and Lauria (right) – vanished from Oklahoma
On December 30 1999, two teenage girls disappeared in very concerning circumstances.
Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible, both 16, were enjoying a sleepover at Ashley’s home in Vinita, Oklahoma, when tragedy struck.
Police who arrived at the scene discovered the Freeman’s mobile home had been set on fire.
Investigators immediately found the body of Ashley’s mum, Kathy Freeman, but took an extra 24 hours to uncover her father Danny’s body at the same location.
Facebook Lorene Bible pictured with her family, including Lauria (left)
It wasn’t fire that killed the parents, as they had both been shot in the head before the mobile home caught alight.
Although officers uncovered the bodies of Kathy and Danny, teens Ashley and Lauria are still yet to be found.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online 18 years on, Lorene Bible opens up about the tragic night and the problems with the investigation that followed.
Facebook Lorene considered Ashley to be one of the family – especially as the teen allegedly had a tumultuous relationship with her father Lorene Bible has been searching for answers for almost two decades
Due to Ashley’s allegedly tumultuous relationship with her father Danny, Lauria rarely spent the night at the Freemans’ place.
Lorene remembered: “Other than that night she stayed, that was the first time she’d been there in a year and a half.
“And then when Lauria went to stay it’d be for a night then she’d come home.”
The night Lorene’s teenage girl slept over would be the last anyone ever saw of her.
Facebook Lorene believes Lauria could have been traced if investigators had more urgency in the first 72 hours Inside the chilling unsolved mystery of missing teens Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman
Lorene believes that the lack of urgency in the first 72 hours of the investigation is the reason why no solid leads have ever been pursued.
She said: “The investigation from day one just wasn’t handled right and it got from bad to worse.
“Their main lead was that the girls had been abducted by Danny – but if they looked they would’ve found his body lying right there.
“We could’ve done stuff sooner but it just didn’t happen.
“You can be anywhere from 28-48 hours, you can be in another country.
“They kept us 1,000 foot down from where the trailer was – we kept saying, ‘how do you know they’re not in there? You haven’t looked’.
“But they kept telling us that they were the experts.”
Lorene remembers urging the police to search the trailer home more carefully
At the time of the teens’ disappearance, local police allegedly had some bad blood with Ashley’s father Danny, who was killed before the fire was lit.
The dad was fighting for justice for his son Shane, who was reportedly shot by a policeman for refusing to lay down his weapons.
Tensions between the Freemans and the justice system didn’t end there, as Danny was accused of child abuse in 1999.
Lorene claimed: “From the time Shane was shot and killed and this happened, Danny and the Sherriff’s department was tit for tat.
“He would go and sit out in front of the house and stare at the kids.
“The Freemans could say they were being harassed, but Danny was harassing them just as much.”
Facebook Lorene worries that the tension between police and the Freemans hindered the investigation
While some conspiracy theorists are adamant the authorities know more about the unsolved case than they’re letting on, there is no concrete evidence to support this.
Lorene believes that the conflict between the families meant that the investigation wasn’t properly dealt with.
She claimed: “The hearsay said that they were like ‘Oh, it’s the Freemans again.’
“Things that should’ve normally happened didn’t happen because of that.”
Lorene is adamant that her daughter didn’t run away, as she didn’t take any of her belongings with her
Others have speculated that the girls’ may have run away to escape family conflict, but Lorene is adamant that there was foul play involved.
She insisted: “Somebody took those girls. Lauria’s car was in the driveway with her keys in it.
“Her purse was in her trailer – they would’ve got in it and they would’ve come back.
“If Lauria could’ve got away from them, she would’ve driven her car home.”
Even after an 18 years search, the Bible family are no closer to finding out what happened to Lauria and Ashley.
Facebook Lorene is tormented by the disappearance of her little girl and won’t rest until she is found
The Bibles have launched a Facebook page to encourage the public to come forward with information, and claim to get a couple of serious tips each month.
Lorene revealed: “You get tips and it’s not the generation it was 18 years ago, it’s a second generation that’s doing a lot of talking.
“Talking about their parents to say: ‘hey, this did happen back in the day? You may not be proud of what you were doing but it’s got to be heard.’
“Many of them said when it happened that no one ever came to talk to them, so it’s been like re-opening the case.”
An age progressed image shows what Lauria would look like as an adult
In a final plea to members of the public, Lorene reminded them that it’s not too late to come forward or receive the $50,000 reward.
She said: “If there is someone out there who knows anything – no matter how little they think it is – people can remain anonymous, still tell us what we need to know.
“You put yourself in our shoes in knowing that someone abducts your daughter, your son, your grandchild – and then you find out there are people who know something who wouldn’t want to come forward.
“It’s going to be 18 years in December that we’ve been dealing with this.
“18 years and these girls need to be brought home, whether they be alive or dead, they need to come home.”