Kristi Lynn Nikle

Nikle, circa 1996

  • Missing Since 10/03/1996
  • Missing From Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 11/08/1976 (44)
  • Age 19 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3 - 5'4, 101 pounds
  • Medical Conditions Nikle suffers from a mild mental mental disability. Although socially capable, she has the mental capacity of a ten-year-old.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue/green eyes.

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.

Investigating Agency

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation 612-376-3200

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 11, 2011; details of disappearance updated.