Investigators believe they are closer to finding two missing teenage girls

Friday, January 7th 2005, 6:10 am
By: News On 6

Authorities have been talking to Jeremy Brian Jones. And they say he's given information on the whereabouts of Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman, who have been missing since 1999.

The teens disappeared from a burning home in Welch, that's in Craig County in December 1999. They were discovered missing the night the bodies of Ashley’s parents, Danny and Kathy Freeman were found inside the home. They were shot to death and the home set on fire to cover the crime. Lauria had spent the night to celebrate Ashley's 16th birthday.

Investigators have been in Alabama interrogating Jones about unsolved murders in the state. He's an Oklahoma who's believed to have committed six homicides here. Authorities say clues from Jones indicate the girls bodies could be in a mine.

Jones has given them clues to where the girl’s bodies are, such as a mine. It's believed Jones went to the Freeman home to settle a drug dispute.

He's currently being held in an Alabama jail on a murder charge and also faces charges in Georgia.