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The mother of one of the teen besties who were abducted from a trailer in 1999 and presumed murdered is now sick and even more determined to locate the girls' bodies than ever before.
Lorene Bible is the mother of Lauria Bible, who disappeared after she went to her best friend Ashley Freeman’s home for a sleepover on Dec. 30, 1999 in Welch, Oklahoma. That night, the Freeman home went up in flames and when investigators arrived the next morning, they found the bullet-riddled bodies of Freeman’s parents, Danny and Kathy Freeman, inside.
The whereabouts of the teen best friends, both 16, has long remained a mystery, though recently the sole surviving suspect entered a guilty plea in connection with their presumed murders. Ronnie Busick, 68, promised to lead investigators to the teenagers' bodies in exchange for less prison time — but failed to do so.
Now, Lorene is battling dire health issues and wants nothing more to bring her daughter’s remains home, according to the family.
“Lorene Bible is very sick,” Lauria’s cousin Lisa Bible Brodrick posted on Facebook on Wednesday. “She is in stage 4 liver failure. Along with everything else that’s been going on, we have been taking her to see multiple dr’s. She is in desperate need of a liver transplant.”
She stated that as Lorene awaits a transplant, “time is certainly of the essence now more than ever.”
Brodrick wrote that someone will have to die in order for Lorene to get her transplant and it appears she wants to find Lauria and Ashley now more than ever.
“We are so desperate to find the girls,” the post reads. “Please, if you know anything that would help us lead to the girls bodies, we are desperate for that information. Don’t be selfish anymore. Please give Lorene this peace so she can fight for her health. Please give us this information so we can focus our attention on her health instead of the search for the girls.”
Jax Miller, author of “Hell in the Heartland: Murder, Meth, and the Case of Two Missing Girls,” which details the case, recently spoke to Oxygen.com about Lorene’s strength. In the book, she detailed how the mother investigated her daughter's disappearance for two decades, knocking on doors and even meeting with notorious and violent drug kingpin for information.
Miller told Oxygen.com on Wednesday that “if Lorene has taught us anything, is that she's a fighter. I know she'll fight as hard as she can."
Miller said that she hopes anyone with information will come forward so that Lorene "can finally bury her daughter and her best friend.”
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