The mother of a Craig County teenager missing since 1999 spent 20 minutes in the Craig County jail on Thursday, April 26 questioning a man charged with killing her daughter and three others.
“He said he didn’t know anything,” said Lorene Bible, mother of Lauria Bible.
Ronnie Dean Busick, 66, of Wichita, Kansas, is charged in Craig County District Court with several counts, including murder in the deaths of Danny and Kathy Freeman, their 16-year-old daughter, Ashley, and Lauria Bible.
He is being held on a $1 million bail and was expected to be arraigned on Monday, April 30.
On April 24, as Busick was being led away into the Craig County jail, he said he would only talk to the families.
Bible jumped on the opportunity and started her quest to talk to the man, who allegedly was among the last people to see her daughter alive.
Bible, who has single-handedly kept a spotlight on Ashley and Lauria’s disappearance for almost two decades, spoke to Busick about his drug use and encouraged him — if his memory becomes clearer and he remembers anything — for him to reach out to authorities.
“I just want to know where my daughter is,” Bible said. “I want to bring her home.”
When she was face-to-face through a glass window with Busick, she said, “I am here to find my daughter — not attack you.”
She also referenced Phil Welch and David Pennington, who have since died, but were identified by authorities as suspects in the quadruple slayings.
“I asked him if he had a child,” Bible said of her meeting with Busick. “He said he used to, but the baby had died of SIDS.”
Bible continued questioning Busick about the infant and told him that his infant was buried in a cemetery.
“You have that — I don’t,” Bible said she told Busick. “I need to bring my daughter home.”
Bible kept telling Busick she wasn’t there to harass him.
“Ma’am, I just wish I knew,” Busick said to Bible’s repeated questions about where the girls’ bodies are located.
Around 3:15 p.m., a lawyer appeared at the jail and told Busick it wasn’t in his best interest to talk to people, she said.
Busick faces four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of accessory to first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of arson and one count of accessory to first-degree arson.
Busick, who has several drug-related convictions in Kansas, has been jailed in Harvey County, Kansas, jail since Feb. 21 on a drug probation violation, according to court officials.
Welch died in 2007; Pennington died in 2015.