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Remembrance ceremony held for 15 year anniversary of Welch girls' disappearance

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Today marks 15 years since two girls went missing from Welch, OK.

A remembrance ceremony was held tonight for 16-year-olds Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman at the First Church of God in Vinita, OK.

Lauria's mother, Lorene, says she wanted the focus of the ceremony to be on what more they can do in this case, which has gone very cold. 

For Lorene, it has been a long 15 years.

She has worked tirelessly to be a voice for her missing daughter all this time.

She says the most recent call for information from the District Attorney's office in Rogers County was regarding two unknown men seen at the Freeman's residence prior to the incident.

"It was two males, two weeks before this," Bible said.  "Danny Freeman talked to one of them supposedly and there was another guy in the vehicle. He told the one man he was speaking to, never to bring the man to his property again."

Bible says she will not give up until some answers are found.

"You've got to choose," Bible said. "Are you going to be your daughter's voice or are you going to hide in the closet? If you hide in the closet, it will go nowhere."

And it is not just the Bible family that remains hopeful. 

Others in the town of Welch, a long with officials at the Craig County Sheriff's Office, say this case will not be forgotten.

"conversation in the cafe or the convenience store still goes back to that day," said Steve Davis, Welch resident.

"At 16, they were just getting started in life," said Sheriff Jimmie Sooter, Craig County. "Something needs to bring some closure to what happened to them."

Bible hopes continuing to hold remembrance services for her daughter and Ashley will bring answers.

About 100 people attended the emotional service tonight, where they sang hymns and prayed for closure.

"Closure, that's all I ask for," said Cristin Bible, Ashley's best friend who married Lauria's brother. "Even if we can't bring home the bodies, at least know where they are and what happened to them."

Lorene Bible says recent cases, such as the three women in Ohio who were found after being held captive for a decade, give her hope that her daughter may still be alive and found one day.

She says she would be grateful for even the smallest tip leading to something tangible in her daughters case.
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