A family comes face to face with their daughter's suspected murderer after nearly 20 years

Posted at 10:16 PM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 15:46:26-04

CRAIG COUNTY, Okla. - A grieving mother goes face to face with a man she calls a monster. 

66-year-old Ronnie Busick is accused of arson, murder and kidnapping Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible. 

They're bodies were never found. 

When Busick arrived to the Craig County jail Wednesday he originally told us he had nothing to say, but that didn't last. 

When a sheriff's truck pulled up to the Craig County Jail Wednesday evening Busick hobbled out. 

"You want to tell me where my niece is at?" Lauria Bible's uncle screamed. 

"I wish I could, but I don't have a clue," Busick responded. 

But the families of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible wanted answers to their questions much faster. 

"I think he'll break after a while," said Lauria's uncle Lonnie Leforce. 

There were dozens of questions fired at him, but Busick wouldn't crack. 

"I didn't do nothing," he said. 

"If he wants to do right he's going to have to get right with God, and in order to do that he's going to have to tell the truth," said Leforce. 

He got as close as possible to him, but he has more to say. 

 "What I want to say to him you won't want to record. It wouldn't be nice at all, and it would be in a language he can really understand."

Lauria's mother Lorene Bible saw Busick inside through glass. 

"I'm not out to kill him, I'm not out to harm him, I just want to know what he knows," she said. 

She's ready to sit down across from him without police, and Busick told us he wants the same. 

 "If he wants to talk to the family he must know something," she said. 

We watched the video of him denying the crimes with Lorene. 

When 2 Works for You asked if he saw the girls after the Freeman's home burned down he was silent. 

 "Because you guys have made him think of what he did."

She said all she wants is her daughter and she believes he can help. 

"You never know what will trigger him to tell."

She's not buying his denials, but in case he needs a reminder of what she knows the truth is.

"You, David Pennington, Philip Welch, you guys did this." 

There are members of the Bible family in Picher, Oklahoma, right now searching for the girls after multiple people claim that's where they're buried. 

Lorene said while they have received a lot of tips this week, they still need the right people to pick up the phone. 

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