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OSBI Seal  Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Harvey P. Pratt 
 Interim Director  

Jessica Brown
Public Information Director


11/04/10                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           


OSBI Releases Information on Welch Murder Case

The OSBI is releasing information on two vehicles spotted leaving the scene of a double murder more than a decade ago in Northeast Oklahoma.

In the early morning hours of December 30, 1999, assailant(s) entered the rural Craig County, Oklahoma, home of Danny and Kathy Freeman. The couple was murdered and left in the flames of their burning home.  Their daughter was celebrating her 16th birthday and had a friend over to spend the night.  Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman were never found.

Because the crime scene was set on fire, very little forensic evidence was obtained. Due to the remoteness of the residence, no witnesses to the crime have been found.  Investigators have run on hundreds of leads.   

Information has been gathered by law enforcement concerning two vehicles leaving the area of the crime scene between 5:30 and 6:30 o’clock the morning of the murders and arson.  One vehicle is described as a small, dark colored, four door sedan traveling east toward the town of Welch.  Investigators gleaned this information in the early stages of the investigation.  The second vehicle is a dark colored, heavy duty pickup truck traveling north toward the town of Chetopa, Kansas.  Investigators developed this information during a recent interview.

The description of the first vehicle was not released earlier in the investigation due to its vagueness.  Investigators kept the description within the law enforcement ranks to use it to pursue further leads.   OSBI believes it has exhausted all possibilities through law enforcement to find this vehicle and now call on the public for help.

If anyone has any information on either of the vehicles or the case, please contact either the Craig County Sheriff’s Office at 918-256-6466 or the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.