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Man charged in cold case extradited to Craig County, Okla.

Published: Apr. 23, 2018 at 3:36 PM CDT
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Update Wednesday, April 25

Ronnie Dean Busick Wednesday was extradited from Harvey County, Kan. to Craig County, Okla. to face charges in connection with a near-19-year-old cold case.

Busick is charged in Craig County, (Okla.) District Court with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of arson. Two other men identified as suspects in the case died in 2007 and 2015.

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Monday, April 23

Charges were filed Monday in the December 1999 case of murder and the disappearance of two teenage girls in Vinita, Okla.

Charges were filed Monday in the nearly-two-decade's-old case of murder and the disappearance of two teenage girls in Vinita, Oklahoma. A man facing charges is held at the Harvey County Jail in Newton.

In December 1999, the two teens disappeared from a burning mobile home in Vinita where one of the girl's parents were fatally shot.

One of three suspects in the case is identified as 66-year-old Ronnie Dean Busick is in custody at the Harvey County (Kan.) Jail. Busick is charged in Craig County, (Okla.) District Court with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of arson. Two other men identified as suspects in the case died in 2007 and 2015.

Busick is charged in connection with the murders of Danny and Kathy Freeman, their daughter Ashley and Ashley's friend, Laurie Bible. The teens' bodies are still missing, and according to NewsOK, citing a probable cause affidavit released Monday, are believed to be in a pit or mine-shaft in an area of northeast Oklahoma or "dumped in a cellar that was later covered in concrete."

Speaking with media Monday, Bible's parents say Busick is not cooperating with police concerning the murders. He was serving a 60-day commitment in the Harvey County Jail when he was charged with the counts of murder kidnapping and arson.

In Harvey County, Busick was charged in 2012 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and for driving with a suspended license. As of Monday night, it's unknown if his 60-day jail commitment in Harvey County is related to those charges.