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The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office continues to reach out to the community for help in the missing person case involving 19 year old Kara Nichols. During a press conference held today at the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Terry Maketa highlighted the case and described things we have learned thus far in the investigation.
Kara was last seen during the evening of October 9, 2012 leaving her residence located in the 6700 block of Mission Road in Colorado Springs. She left behind personal items consistent with someone who planned to return home a short time later. Kara consistently used her cell phone and social media to maintain regular contact with family and friends. Since October 9, there has been no contact with Kara.
Kara spent much of October 9 with a brunette female the Sheriff’s Office has been unable to identify. This brunette female is not a suspect, but a person of interest we are hopeful to identify and speak with. Additionally, there is a second brunette female we believe associated with Kara. Although the nature and frequency of their association is unclear, a picture has been obtained of this second female and we are hoping someone will recognize her and provide that information to the Sheriff’s Office.
Kara aspired to become a model. These aspirations, we believe, have caused Kara to fall prey to a subculture of modeling business fronts that many times involve illicit drugs and prostitution. This subculture could have exploited a teenage girl who may have lacked the life experience to see the inherent risks. Our investigators have uncovered several websites which are NOT the cause of Kara’s disappearance, but sites which relate to this subculture.
It is our belief someone who has knowledge of this subculture will have information about Kara or the unidentified brunette females which is valuable to the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555 or email tips to firstname.lastname@example.org