Lauria was spending the night with Ashley at the families mobile home in Welch, Oklahoma. Sometime during the early morning hours a fire started in the home. The mobile home burned to the ground and police found Kathy and Danny's bodies, but could not find Lauria or Ashley.
An autopsy showed that Kathy and Danny had been shot in the head.
Before Danny died he told his brother, Dwayne Vancil that if anything happened to him to look at the Craig County Sheriff's Dept. Danny's son, Shane had been killed by a deputy from the Craig County Sheriff's Dept. and Danny was filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Because of the pending litigation, the Craig County Sheriff's Dept. took themselves out of the investigation and turned it over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The Sheriff's Dept. personnel passed polygraph tests.
There was a theory that Danny was a small time drug trafficker and two men that came to his house that he forced to leave may have come back to rob or fill the family.
Another theory is Ashly killed her parents and fled with Lauria.
Jeremy Bryan Jone and another man confessed to leading Lauria and Ashley from the house and killing them, but one confession was proven false.
In 2010 the police released a description of two vehicles seen in the vicinity of the crime scene. A small, dark-colored sedan seen traveling east on a rural road toward Welch between 5:30 and 6 a.m. on Dec. 30, 1999 and a dark colored pickup truck seen heading north toward Chetopa, Kan.
It took the police department 10 years to decide if the information was credible enough to be released to the public.
The girls are still missing.