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Ronnie Busick waived a preliminary hearing Monday on charges of murder, arson and kidnapping in the deaths of Danny and Kathy Freeman, their daughter, Ashley and her friend Lauria Bible. An investigator said the District Attorney's Office may allow Busick to plead guilty to accessory to murder instead.

“You never know. It’s like a checklist you can check off and say, ‘You know, the girls aren’t there,’ and you go to the next place,” Lauria Bible's mother said of Tuesday’s search.

Related: A timeline of the 1999 case of missing Welch girls Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible

Related: Missing Welch girls investigation

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