New clues in the disappearance of two Welch girls in 1999

Friday, January 7th 2005, 2:53 pm
By: News On 6

New information is coming to light about the disappearance of two Welch girls five years ago.

Police interviews with an accused killer in a Mobile, Alabama jail may have given authorities a new place to look for the bodies of 16-year-olds Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible.

News on 6 reporter Heather Lewin says Craig County Sheriff’s investigators are on their way back to Oklahoma from Alabama, forming a plan on how to hopefully bring closure to this case.

Investigators traveled to Mobile a few days ago to question 31-year old Jeremy Brian Jones[pictured] in the December 1999 disappearance of the girls.

Jones, a Tulsa native, was living in Miami when the bodies of Danny and Kathy Freeman were found shot to death in their burned trailer home. The girls vanished from the trailer that night without a trace. Now, extensive interviews with Jones, who's being charged with similar crimes in Alabama and Georgia, have painted a picture for investigators of what could've happened that night.

While they did not get a confession, according to the Daily Oklahoman, Jones' statements lead authorities to believe he went to the trailer to settle a drug dispute. They suspect the night of violence ended with Jones dumping the girls' bodies in a mineshaft.

Lauria Bible's mother, Lorene, is cautiously hopeful the new information will finally bring her daughter home. "The only way to know which one to go look in is to find somebody that has knowledge, firsthand knowledge that that's where they're at."

Authorities have not yet made plans on when to begin a new search.