Valuable information on Welch cold case found in old sheriff's office notes

WELCH, Okla. — The Craig County Sheriff's Office recently discovered valuable information related to the 1999 case of Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman.

The two girls have been missing since December 1999. They were 16 at the time and stayed the night at Freeman's home to celebrate her birthday. The next day, Danny and Kathy Freeman were found inside the burned out home. Investigators determined they were shot to death before the home was set on fire. The two girls were nowhere to be found.

Investigators with several agencies, including OSBI and the sheriff's office, have followed leads for years and interviewed multiple potential suspects and witnesses, but the case remains unsolved.

Recently, Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey gave previously unknown notes and documents to investigators. Officials said the information was found leftover from the previous sheriff's administration.

The information has "proven to be extremely valuable," according to OSBI.

Investigators believe there are more people with information that could help solve this case. OSBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward for credible information. A private reward stands at $50,000. OSBI and the DA investigator are also working to locate and re-interview those previously approached by law enforcement. Call the OSBI hotline at 1-800-522-8017 or email with any information. Those who have previously provided information are urged to contact OSBI again.

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