Mom Of Girl Missing Since 1999 Hopes Age Progressed Photos Will Lead To Info
WELCH, Oklahoma - The mother of a girl who was last seen 14 years ago is not giving up hope that her daughter will be found.
Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman disappeared from Welch in 1999.
Lauria's mother, Lorene Bible, has traveled all over eastern Oklahoma and into Kansas looking for clues. She now hopes an age progression photo and a $50,000 reward spurs someone to give up that vital piece of information.
December 31, 1999, investigators searched the countryside of Craig County. They were looking for Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible. Bible had spent the night at her friend's house. Freeman's parents had been shot to death and their mobile home set on fire.
No signs of Ashley or Lauria were ever found and they haven't been seen since.
"Maybe it's time that somebody that's never talked will come forward," Lorene Bible said.
She has spent the past 14 years looking for her daughter.
"If she is dead, I still want to bring her home. That's my goal is to bring her home, whether she's alive or whether she's dead," Lauria said. "I just want to know, and somebody out there knows--that's the bad part of it.
Lorene has now turned to Facebook. She's posted age progression photos of her daughter produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They show what she would have looked like at 21 and 26 years old. If she were still alive, Lauria would now be 30 years old.
"You can either hide in a closet or get depressed, despair...my thing is, let's see. It's that time of the year, get people talking again, get the word back out," Lorene said.
The national center has also produced an age progressed photo of Ashley Freeman at 26 years old.
Lorene hopes someone recognizes the pictures and brings her family answers.
"I just leave it to the good Lord, and hope that whatever I do, that He uses it, so we'll end up knowing what happened," she said.
Again, a $50,000 reward is on the table for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call either the Craig County Sheriff's Office or the FBI. The OSBI number is 800-522-8017.