Man Accused Of Kidnapping Welch Girls Extradited To Oklahoma
CRAIG COUNTY, Oklahoma - Nearly 20 years later, one of the men accused of kidnapping and murdering Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman is finally behind bars in Oklahoma.
Ronnie Busick was charged Monday in the cold case and was already in custody on unrelated charges in Kansas.
Busick was extradited from Kansas. Lauria Bible’s family was at the Craig County Jail to finally see him behind bars. However, when asked if he had anything to say, Busick said he didn’t know where the girls are.
“We just want him to be truthful and tell us where she is,” said Lauria’s cousin Lisa Brodrick. “We feel like he knows. Just tell us.”
18 years later and the family of Lauria Bible is still waiting for answers.
“He knows something that I need to know and he couldn’t have been at the Freeman’s and not know,” stated Lorene Bible, Lauria’s mother.
It would mean the world to them to know where Lauria and Ashley are.
“Can’t do anything about what happened, but at least you have her,” stated Bible.
The family says it won’t make up for lost time, but they would be able to sleep better knowing where she’s been all this time.
“We’ve missed a lot of milestones that she should’ve been a part of and that’s hard,” said Brodrick.
“It’s missing 18 years, you know,” stated Lonnie Leforce, Lauria’s uncle. “I never got to see the girl at her 18th birthday, 21st, graduate high school, college, none of that stuff.”
Even though the family knows Lauria is gone, her memory will never be silenced.
“I was told, third day out, you have to be her voice. You have to be her voice and that’s what I’ve chosen to do,” said Bible. “My fight right now is to get Lauria home.”
Investigators say this case is not closed so, if you have any information that could help lead detectives to Lauria’s and Ashley’s bodies, you are asked to call the OSBI.