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DA: Search to continue on Tuesday in Picher for remains of Welch girls missing since Dec. 1999

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Posted at 7:00 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 09:36:49-05

PICHER, Okla. — DA officials say the search continues for the missing Welch Girls, Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman, on Tues. Nov. 26.

Officials say investigators will be using a camera drop in hopes to find the remains of Bible and Freeman.

The teens were kidnapped and believed to be murdered nearly 20 years ago.

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Freeman and Bible went missing in December 1999, when both were 16 years old. The bodies of Ashley's parents were found after a house fire, but the girls were never found.

Investigators say three men, Ronnie Busick, Phillip Welch, and David Pennington killed Freeman's parents, set their house on fire, kidnapped the two girls, and later killed them.

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In July 2019, officials with the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service used sonar to detect any safety hazards or potential findings, before sending in Tulsa police divers to comb through the shallow water.

Investigators searched the bodies of water in Picher because they're near Phil Welch's property. Welch, one of the suspects, died back in 2007.

No significant findings came out of that two day extensive search.

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Officials say Tuesday's investigation will take place in an open shaft in the Picher area.

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