Mother hoping for answers 14 years after daughter's disappearance

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 1/01 9:30 am Published: 12/31/2013 5:20 pm

This week marks 14 years since two girls from Craig County disappeared.

Laura Bible was spending the night at her friend Ashley Freeman's house. A fire destroyed the home and police found the bodies of Freeman's parents, but the girls have never been seen again.

FOX23's Angela Hong spoke to Laura Bible's mother and learned she is still holding on to hope that her daughter will be found.

In some ways, Lorene Bible has moved on in the 14 years since her daughter's disappearance.

She's cleaned out Laura's room. Lorene is a grandmother now and she has a full-time job in Claremore.

But what hasn't changed in 14 years is her hope and belief that one day, someday, she will find out what happened to her daughter.

"At 30, what would she be doing, you know? Would she be married? Would she have children?" asks Lorene Bible.

All she can do is wonder what her daughter would be like if she were here today.

Laura and Ashley were 16 when they disappeared from Welch 14 years ago.

"We know no more today than we did standing at that house 14 years ago," Lorene said.

On Dec. 30, 1999, Laura spent the night at Ashley's house to celebrate Ashley's 16th birthday. And Lorene had given her daughter permission to stay at the Freemans' one more night.

"Well, what's one more night? One more night. Well, one more night and she didn't come home. You never think tomorrow is never going to come," she said.

Around 5:30 in the morning, the Freemans' trailer was on fire.

Police found Ashley's parents, Kathy and Danny Freeman, dead; they had been shot. The girls were gone.

Over the years, tips have led nowhere. Lorene said in 2012, Ashley's family declared her legally dead, but it's something Lorene is not ready to do.

"If I have to see her in a ditch or a well with her body there ... whatever I have to, but I will not declare her legally dead," she said.

Lorene even wears the same shirt Laura wears in her 6th grade sixth-grade school picture. With picture, with hopes that it sparks someone's memory, with hopes that after all these years someone will come forward with answers.

In the months following the girls' disappearance, Laura's family and friends raised $50,000 for anyone who had information that could lead them to the girls.

That reward money is still there. Lorene says she doesn't care if the person remains anonymous. She just wants information.

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