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18 Years of Questions. Two People Dead. Two Teens Missing...Until Now

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Update:  Lorene Bible tells us she met with Ronnie Busick today, but Busick said he knew nothing about the crimes that happened.

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The mother of a 1999 Oklahoma murder victim says she wants to speak with the man arrested for her child's death. Ronnie Busick was extradited back to Oklahoma to face charges that he murdered two adults and two teens in Welch. The mother of one of those teens, Lorene Bible, told us today that she wants to sit down to talk with Busick. Busick has also expressed interest in speaking with the families of the victims. Bible says she wants to ask him where the bodies of her daughter, Lauria, and her friend Ashley Freeman are located.

Before Lorene gets the chance to sit down with Busick, she talked with us about her fight for information about the men who allegedly killed her daughter. One word was consistent during our interview: Hope. She says she's all too families with the evidence presented against the suspect.

But there's one thing she hopes is wrong.

The last thing Lorene said to her daughter was "I love you."

In 1999, Lorene's daughter, Lauria, was spending the night at Ashley Freeman's home. Ashley's parents, Danny and Kathy, were found dead in their mobile home after it had been set on fire. For 18 years, there were no signs of the girls, and for 18 years, Lauria Bible's mother has been on the case.
 

"You always think," says Lorene, "If they're out there, what are they doing?"

Ashley and Lauria would be 35-years-old today. For 18 years, their families missed out on their milestones, but always had hope.

"Ultimately, your goal is to find the girls," says Lorene.

Quickly after Danny and Kathy Freeman were found dead, Lorene started her own investigation into what happened to her daughter and her friends.

"Somebody took those two girls out of there," says Lorene. "Now what are we going to do to find them?"

Where investigators found dead ends, when witnesses wouldn't talk, Lorene Bible continued her search.

"I have travel agencies, 18 years later, when they send people overseas, they take flyers with them and put them up at places. We had people who went to Mexico and put them up."

...Just in case the two teens were human trafficked.

Lorene's private investigation not only included foreign countries, it reached the entire planet as she took to social media to find answers; answers, as it turned out, that were all too close to home.

"That's when we got a lot of people from northern Craig County, Chetopa, saying hey, we need to talk to you," says Lorene.

Lorene pointed investigators in the right direction and interviewed informants.

"First five months, I probably could have killed someone for it. But I've also got enough faith, enough logic in my head that that makes you no better than they are," says Lorene.

As Lorene pieced together what happened that night, she discovered her daughter had been kidnapped, drugged, tortured, and raped. Now one man is charged with the crime, two other suspects have since died. Even knowing a man is charged with her daughter's death, the mother who gathered so many clues holds out hope the evidence is wrong.

"You still hope," says Lorene. "What they had to endure is another question."

We also sat down with Lorene to talk about what's next now that criminal charges have been announced.

"I know in this case, after 18 years, what people have said. The girls are probably deceased. So if they're gone, I need somebody to tell me where I can go to find them and bring them home," says Lorene.

Lorene says news of Ronnie Busick's arrest wasn't a surprise. She says her own investigation through social media turned up many leads pointing to Busick's involvement in the crime.

There's one piece of evidence she hopes is wrong.

Lorene says, "I'd rather them be alive."

Lorene says she worries about Lauria and Ashley every day.

"Summer time is a whole lot better of year for me than winter," says Lorene. "Winter I hate. It's cold, it's rainy, it's snowy. If they're outside or they're freezing to death, are they eating?"

Lorene also worries if Lauria and Ashley were sold into sex trafficking. She still works with global travel agencies.

"When they send people overseas, they take flyers with them and put them up at places. We had people who went to Mexico and put them up," says Lorene.

Lorene knows there's a good chance what she wants as a mother won't happen.

"You're hopeful, but you're not," says Lorene.

Her mission now is to make sure Ronnie Busick is found guilty of kidnapping and murder charges, though she says evidence against him is circumstantial without bodies being found.

"It's a possibility that we go through all this and nobody convicts this gentleman. That is a big possibility. That's why my next step is to make sure anybody and everybody who has any information can tell me. Because if I can find the bodies, it's airtight now," says Lorene.

...A mother conflicted between evidence she helped find and the outcome she wants most.

Officials say two other men were involved in the kidnapping and murders of the Freeman family and Lauria Bible. Those two men, Warren Welch and David Pennington, are dead.

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