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Police: False reports could hamper Oklahoma cold case

VINITA, Okla. – Authorities in northeast Oklahoma say recent reports of the intimidation of witnesses are incorrect and can interfere with their investigation into the disappearance of two teens, almost 20 years ago.

Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey said Wednesday that the accusations of “warning shots” is fired in a threat against a witness is not true. The allegations in connection with the case involving Freeman and Ashley Lauria Bible.

The young people disappeared in 1999 after the death of Ashley Freeman’s parents. The girls’ bodies were never found.

Winfrey says the false accusations can intimidate and discourage people with knowledge of the children and young people “from sharing their knowledge with the researchers.”

Ronnie Dean Busick was charged last week with four counts of first-degree murder in the case. Two other defendants in the case have died.

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