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Kara Nancy Nichols


Nichols, circa 2012; Wrist tattoos

Missing Since: 10/09/2012
Missing From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Classification: Endangered Missing
Sex: Female
Race: White
Date of Birth: 05/20/1993 (26)
Age: 19 years old
Height and Weight: 5'8, 115 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored jeans, white DC sneakers and hot pink ear gauges.
Medical Conditions: Nichols may suffer from bipolar disorder and/or borderline personality disorder.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes. Nicholas a tattoo of a small marijuana leaf on her right ankle, and tattoos of small spacemen on both wrists. Photos of her wrist tattoos are posted with this case summary. She has gauged ears. Her back is pierced, her navel is pierced and she has a piercing between her upper lip and her nose on the right side of her mouth.

Details of Disappearance
Nichols was last seen in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 9, 2012. She left her home in the 6700 block of Mission Road, en route to Denver, Colorado with two unidentified brunette women, but it's unclear whether she ever arrived there. The last call on her cellular phone was placed at 11:45 p.m. She has never been heard from again.

Nichols is described as a very social person who maintained regular contact with family and friends and frequently used social media; all this contact stopped the night of her disappearance. She also left behind her purse, identification, money, clothes, makeup and other belongings.

Her mother stated Nichols's behavior changed considerably when she was a teenager: she was arrested for shoplifting at age thirteen, started using heroin, and ran away from home at sixteen. Her parents tried to get her psychiatric help and counseling, but Nichols resisted taking the medication prescribed for her.

She enrolled in several different alternative schools, eventually graduating from Life Skills of Colorado Springs. After graduation, she took a waitressing job and began modeling. She continued to use drugs, however, even after she moved with her parents to Chicago, Illinois. She enrolled in a drug treatment program, but was discharged for failure to follow the rules.

Nichols eventually returned to Colorado Springs on her own and lived with roommates. She traveled frequently to Denver to look for modeling work and had placed a profile on the online modeling website Model Mayhem before she vanished. She was having financial problems and authorities believe she had been involved in prostitution for up to two years before she disappeared.

Nichols's case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.

Investigating Agency
El Paso County Sheriff's Office 719-390-5555
Source Information
Facebook Page for Kara Nichols
ABC News
The Daily Mail
7 News
The Denver Post

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Kara Nichols, an aspiring model, was reported missing on October 9, 2012. At the time of her disappearance, the 19-year-old was en route from her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she lived with two roommates, to Denver for a modeling shoot. After eightyears of searching and countless interviews, the El Paso Sheriff’s Office has been unable to find any significant leads, and are encouraging anyone with information to reach out. They told Dateline the case is still considered open and active, but have not said if they believe foul play is involved. Anyone with information about Kara’s case should call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at (719) 390-5555.

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