The alleged feud between the department and the Freemans began when Danny's son, Shane, was shot and killed by a deputy after he stole a truck and a neighbor's gun.
Although the shooting was ruled justifiable, Danny was planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the department just before the tragic fire.
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The sheriff's deputies volunteered to remove themselves from the investigation and turn the matter over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The deputies cooperated and passed polygraph tests.
However, his confession was not believed to be credible.
The Freemans and Lauria were recently featured on cold case playing cards in hopes of generating new tips about the case.
Arson investigators determined that the fire had been deliberately set.
Police theorized that Danny Freeman killed his wife Kathy and abducted his daughter Ashley and her friend Lauria Bible.
No trace of Lauria Bible or Ashley Freeman has ever been found. Suspects: The Freemans have had an outstanding feud with the Craig County Sheriff’s department over their son, Shane, who had been shot and killed by a deputy after the theft of a neighbor’s truck and rifle. An informant suggested that the murders and abduction were drug-related.
Ashley Freeman's boyfriend Jeremy Hurst was not a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend Ashley Freeman and/or her best friend Lauria Bible.
It also led police to rule out robbery as a motive since the money was left behind.