Megan Paige Nichols

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Above Images: Megan, circa 2014

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 3, 2014 from Fairfield, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Runaway
  • Date Of Birth: July 18, 1998
  • Age: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 111 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Megan's ears are pierced two times each, and the cartilage in her right ear is also pierced. She has a cowlick in her hair towards her forehead and a mole on the top of her head, covered by her hair. Megan has poor posture and walks slumped over. She has a brown birthmark just above her buttocks, a round scar on her left knee, a round scar on her right arm and a small scar on her chin.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Megan disappeared from Fairfield, Illinois on July 3, 2014. She lived with her stepfather and her mother, who last saw her at 10:30 p.m. When her mother went into her bedroom to say goodnight at 11:15 p.m., Megan was gone. She left behind a note for her mother, saying she loved her but thought she would never be happy at home. Megan's mother believes it's possible Megan didn't really write the note or, if she did, she wrote it under duress. Her mother stated Megan was not a troubled teen and wasn't having any problems at home. Nevertheless, authorities believe she left of her own accord.

    Surveillance video showed her riding her bicycle up to a local bank and withdrawing money from the ATM machine; this is the last sign of her. Her mother reported her missing at 1:00 a.m. on July 4. Megan didn't have a job, a driver's license or access to a car at the time of her disappearance. She left her cellular phone behind at home, and wiped it prior to her disappearance.

    Megan may be in Carbondale, Illinois. Authorities thought she might be with her biological father, a registered sex offender, but he could not be located for some time because he had moved without registering his new address as required by law. Eventually police located Megan's father in Oklahoma and questioned him, but could find no evidence that he knew his daughter's whereabouts. Few details are available in her case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fairfield Police Department
    618-842-2151

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    NamUs
    The Evansville Courier Press
    NBC News
    14 News
    True Crime Diva
    Tristate Homepage
    WFIW Radio

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 7, 2017; picture added.

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