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Wendy Kathleen Hudakoc

Age-progression photo of what Wendy might look like at twenty-five

Wendy Hudakoc was last seen leaving a party with an adult male on 11/15/1998 in the city of Naples.

  • Missing Since: November 15, 1998 from Naples, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 12, 1984
  • Age: 14
  • Height: 5’6″
  • Weight:130 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female

Fourteen year old Wendy Hudakoc believed that nothing really bad ever happened to her or her family.

Her stepfather, Dan Campbell, said the lack of concern about the dangers of the world, common in younger people, may have played a role in the pre-teen sneaking out of her home on Nov. 14th, 1998, to attend a party.

She never came back and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

“When kids sneak out to go to a party, the worst thing they think is going to happen is they’re going to get caught and grounded by their parents or caught by the police,” Campbell said. “They don’t think they’ll never return home.”

Almost 14 years since her disappearance, Wendy is one of two dozen children missing from Lee and Collier counties, according to the Florida Law Enforcement. Many of those are suspected runaways, a few are suspected parental abductions and the rest are categorized as “endangered.”

National Missing Children’s Day; A day set aside every year to celebrate the missing children who have been returned home, and to remember those who have not. Nearly 800,000 children are reported missing every year in the United States, an average of over 2,000 a day, according to U.S. Department of Justice statistics.

Most are recovered, many after only a few hours and or only (approximately) 100 or so, are abducted or murdered by a stranger or vague acquaintance each year in the US.

“As a parent, you just have to be vigilant and take precautions, take certain measures to prevent something from happening to your children,” said Amelia Vasquez, the program director for the National Center’s Collier branch. “Parents just need to be prepared.”

Sgt. Stefan Loeffler from the Sheriff’s Office’s Special Crimes Bureau said his unit needs to remain optimistic that the children they’re looking for can be recovered and reunited with their families. He said they never give up.

“We keep on investigating the cases until we find that person,” Loeffler said. “We continually investigate, try to generate new leads.”

Included on the list of missing children in Lee and Collier counties are 6-year-old Adji Desir, who disappeared from outside his grandmother’s Immokalee home in January, and “Baby” Bryan Dos Santos-Gomez, who was abducted from his mother at knife point on Dec. 1, 2006.

Pictured;  Adji Desir (6) abducted in FL at knifepoint in 2006

Those cases made headlines, but several other children on the list did not, including 16-year-old Carmen Bautista, who authorities believe ran away from Immokalee in June 2008 with her then-2-year-old daughter Jemni Bautista, and baby Ana Maria Jimenez-Bautista. Authorities do not have photographs of any of the Bautista children, which makes finding them all the more difficult.

Herb Jones, vice president for external affairs and Internet safety for the National Center, said one in six missing children is ultimately found in part because of a photograph. He said parents cannot take their children’s safety for granted, no matter where they live.

“It can happen to anyone at any time. Small cities, big cities, medium-sized cities,” Jones said.

Authorities say the most important thing parents can do to keep their children safe is to communicate with them.

Campbell said parents should get to know their children’s friends, including their full names and a little backround information. Always ask where they’re going and to keep in touch.

The last person Wendy Hudakoc was known to be with was Ronald DePeppo, then 20, who she had met at a bowling alley. They left the party together around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 15. DePeppo said he dropped Wendy off at home.

Campbell said he and his wife, Shelley, are not optimistic Wendy will one day walk back through their door. They’ve resigned themselves to knowing she is gone.

Both Dan and Shelley Campbell are now active in with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Missing and Endangered Person Information Clearinghouse.

“We still talk about Wendy on a normal basis. It’s not taboo. We still have pictures of her up,” Dan Campbell said. “It never goes away.”

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Photo Of Ashley Freeman (Left) And Lauria Bible (Right) 

Missing Since December 30, 1999 from Oklahoma

Unsolved: Ashley Freeman lived in Welch, OK and had just celebrated her ”Sweet 16th” Birthday on December 29, 1999 with her best friend, Lauria Bible, a girl she grew up with.  She also had her boyfriend, Jeremy Hurst, come over but he left that night around 9:30pm.

Sweet turned to sour when, at 6am the following morning, a 911 call from the neighbor saying the Freeman trailer home was on fire and that the girls were inside. Police raced over and so did Jay and Lorene Bible, Laura’s parents. They began looking through the ashes and discovered the body of Kathy Freeman, Ashley’s Mother.

Police could not find the bodies of Danny Freeman, Ashley and Lauria. They theorized that he killed Kathy and abducted his daughter and her friend, however, his remains were found a day later on new years day. They both had been shot in the head before the fire.

Lauria Bible nor Ashley Freeman were never found.

Lauria’s purse was left behind with $200 in it suggesting they might have been abducted and robbery was ruled out as a motive.

Due to several mistakes in the investigation, much of the evidence at the crime scene was destroyed or tampered with. By the time the OSBI and FBI came to the scene, they had little to nothing to go on.

Photo Of Kathy & Danny Freeman

There were no suspects in the case, but before his death, Danny had warned his brother, Dwayne Vancil, that if anything happened to him to look at the Craig Count Sheriff’s Department. His son, Shane, had been shot and killed by a deputy after taking a truck, and they were about to file a wrongful death lawsuit on the department. The deputies voluntarily took themselves out of the investigation, and the case was turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the sheriff’s department all passed polygraph tests. Another theory was that Danny was a small time drug trafficker, and that he had met with two unidentified men two weeks before the murder, one of whom he did not want there and made them leave, but that theory never fit with the girls’ disappearance. Some believe Ashley killed her parents and fled with Lauria, because there was evidence of friction between Ashley and her father, but authorities do not believe that the girls could have hidden out for so long and those who knew the teen stated she wasn’t violent, and cared about her mother a lot.

This case was aired on July 3, 2001. It was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted and Vanished With Beth Holloway.

Jeremy Bryan Jones and another man have both “confessed” to having led both Lauria and Ashley from the house and killing them elsewhere, but one confession has been proven false, and the other confession is suspected to be false as well. The girls have never been found.

Mugshot of Jeremy Jones

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As of 2012, the girl’s whereabouts remain unsolved and Ashley Freeman’s family still hasn’t had Justice.

Pictured: Ashley Renae Freeman – Ashley may have last been wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans, a baseball cap, white tennis shoes, and a windbreaker.

Companion
DOB: 29-Dec-1983
Sex:
F
Hair: Lt. Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5. 7″ – 170 cm
Weight:145 lbs – 66 kg

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Lauria Jaylene Bible

Pictured: Lauria Jaylene Bible – Lauria may have last been wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and either white tennis shoes or black boots. She was also wearing silver earrings in the shape of a heart with a diamond on them.

DOB: 18-Apr-1983
Missing:
30-Dec-1999
Age now: 16 years
Sex: F
Hair: Brown
Eyes:
Hazel
Height: 5’5″ – 165 cm
Weight: 130 lbs – 59 kg
Missing from:
Welch, OK, USA

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The Freeman Family:  

Ashley was living with her parents and her older brother, Shane Freeman, in a trailer-home in Welch, Oklahoma. Her family had problems that required counseling due to her brother Shane stealing his Uncles pick-up truck in 1998, and other behavioral issues. Shane was also charged with breaking into Lauria Bible’s family home in the first week of January, 1999. He had stolen some of Lauria’s possessions along with money and guns that belonged to the Parents of Lauria Bible.

That same week, on January 8th, 1999, Shane was driving a stolen vehicle that belonged to a neighbor. When the car broke down on a Oklahoma Country road. A Police Officer would later state that when he went to investigate and arrest Shane, that he (Shane) pulled a gun out of his back pocket. The Officer shot and killed Shane On January 8th, 1999. The incident was later investigated and it was ruled in favor of the Officer. Many people have their own theories of what happened that day. The Freeman family had an ongoing feud with the Welch Sheriff’s Office due to Shane being killed in what they believe was cold-blooded-murder. According to them, Shane was shot in the backside which would make the Officer’s account of what happened, false.

In the Summer of ’98, Ashley’s father Danny , who is known to have a violent temper, was charged with abusing Shane. Her father stated that the whole incident was exaggerated and overblown although visible marks were on Shane.

Shane isn’t the only one who caught the bad-end of Danny’s temper. In 1985 he was charged with beating his father-in-law after the man trimmed his bushes without asking Danny first. Rumors stated that Danny was involved in drugs and was verbally and physically abusive of his children, although he denies this.

Kathy Freeman was unlike her husband or son, she was considered the main bread-whiner who always showed up to work. A loving, dependable, caring person who didn’t have trouble with the law.

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 For more information regarding the Freeman Family, click the link provided. http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/f/freeman_ashley.html

For more information on Lauria Bible, click the link provided. – http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bible_lauria.html

A $50,000 reward is being offered in the case.

Anyone with information concerning this case should take no action, but instead immediately contact the nearest FBI Office or local law enforcement agency. For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.

Or call 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) with any information.

A video posted on youtube which describes the unsolved disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 3. Video also provides photos of the young girl and her family.