Details of Disappearance
Nikle was last seen leaving an apartment in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota on October 3, 1996. Her father reported her missing one week later, on October 10. She has never been heard from again. It's uncharacteristic of Nikle to leave without warning. Police originally believed she left of her own accord, but now foul play is suspected in her disappearance.
There is some speculation that Nikle might have become a victim of a serial killer of mentally disabled women. The man suspected, Floyd Todd Tapson, was once the supervisor of several group homes for disabled individuals.
In 2003, Tapson was convicted of kidnapping, raping and shooting a mentally handicapped Montana woman. She survived; he was sentenced to 75 years in prison. Tapson was allegedly seen in a car with Nikle two days after she disappeared. She had also bragged about having a boyfriend named "Todd."
Tapson was also considered a possible suspect in the disappearance of Carla Anderson
, a mildly mentally disabled woman who vanished from Minnesota in 1987, but he was cleared from that case after being interviewed by investigators.
No one has been charged in connection with Nikle's disappearance; her case remains unsolved.