Oklahoma mom still looking for her missing teen

Thursday, March 13th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Each day in the US, more than 2,000 children are reported missing and with each hour that passes, it becomes less likely they will return home alive.

One Oklahoma mother knows the statistics all too well and when Lorene Bible heard the news about Elizabeth Smart, her reaction was bittersweet. News on 6 anchor Tami Marler spoke with the mother of Lauria Bible, now missing more than three years.

The World Wide Web is just one of the many places information about missing children is spread and there is a wealth of information about Lauria Bible and her best friend, Ashley Freeman, missing from Freeman's home near Welch since December 30, 1999.

Authorities found the bodies of Ashley's parents inside the burned-out home, they had both been shot. Lorene Bible says she's thrilled for Elizabeth Smart and her family, but it's hard "not" to feel, like it's her turn. "It's the good with the bad. You thank God a family doesn't have to worry about that anymore, but then you wish, okay it's my turn. You know and then you do, Okay, God, you let this happen. And then you know, is it my turn?"

Ashley and Lauria were both sixteen at the time of their disappearance. Lauria's 20th birthday is just a few weeks away.