Kara Nancy Nichols

Nichols, circa 2012; A person of interest; Nichols's 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 (28)
  • 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.

The two women whom Nichols left with have never been identified, but photos of one of them are posted with this case summary. She had a colorful tattooed half-sleeve on her upper arm.

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

Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 7, 2022; details of disappearance updated.