Crews begin another search for missing Welch girls

PICHER, Okla. – The search continues Tuesday morning for the remains of two Welch, Oklahoma girls who went missing more than 20 years ago.

Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman went missing in 1999. Investigators believe the girls were kidnapped and murdered, but their bodies have never been found. In 2020, the last remaining suspect in the case, Ronnie Busick, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for accessory to murder.

Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., crews will resume their search for the girls near 421 College Street in Picher, Oklahoma.

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Commerce man killed after his motorcycle hits a pothole

PICHER, Okla. – An Oklahoma man dies in a wreck after a his motorcycle hits a pothole.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol the crash happened Wednesday evening on North Netta Road near the intersection of East 20 Road in the city limits of Picher, Oklahoma. Around 6:35 p.m., 45-year-old Joe Bob Rickey of Commerce, Oklahoma was heading south when he hit a pothole, lost control of his bike and wrecked.

He was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries. Rickey was not wearing a helmet.