The Missing Welch Girls featured on A&E Cold Case Friday 8 p.m.

The heartbreaking story of a local family who won’t give up until the girls are found, and investigators who are just as determined.
Missing girls.
Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible, missing since December 30, 1999. Background, missing persons poster.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Information obtained reveals The Missing Welch Girls, Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman, will be featured in a new episode of A&E Cold Case Friday evening at 8 p.m. Joplin (central) time.

The title of the episode is: Cold Ashes.

The two have been missing since December 30, 1999, when the girls went missing during a teenage sleepover. Lauria Bible was staying with Ashley Freeman at her parents’ trailer house near Welch, Okla.

During the early morning hours about 5:30 a.m., the fire department was summoned to a fire where the trailer house was destroyed. In the rubble, they find the burned body of Kathy Freeman. She had been shot, execution-style,  before the fire.

The girls and the father Danny Freeman were missing.

The following day, December 31, the Bible family, searching the rubble of the home find something investigators overlooked. The body of Danny Freeman in the burned-out trailer house rubble. He was also shot, execution-style, prior to the house burning.

But still no sign of the girls. Now it has been more than 20 years.

“It’s been a long wait but we just got word that our episode on A&E’s Cold Case will be airing this Friday March 25th. We hope you’ll tune in! Thanks for all continued efforts in helping us spread the word that Lauria and Ashley still have not been returned to us and that will will never stop searching for them! — FIND LAURIA BIBLE-BBI

If you have followed Joplin News First these past few years you know this story of a local family that will not give up. They are waiting for the girls to be found.


“Two 16-year-old girls, missing? What happened?” Craig County District Attorney Investigator, Gary Stansill.

Mother Lorene Bible says, “after 10 years? I don’t know where my child is… No matter what I have to do, I’m going to find her.”

Also featured in the episode will be OSBI Cold Case Investigator Tammy Ferrari, Sheila Stogsdill writer for the Tulsa World who has been covering the story since day one, and others.


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Read more on the man behind bars serving 10 years for Accessory to Murder for not telling police he knew now-deceased individuals had the girls captive.

Missing poster.

Missing poster of Welch girls.