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Still Missing: Kara Nichols

A photo of Kara from her Facebook page

A photo of Kara from her Facebook page

The search for Kara Nichols, the missing aspiring model from Colorado continues as her 20th birthday comes and goes.

Kara has been missing from Colorado Springs since October 9, 2012, when she went to Denver with two unidentified women, supposedly for modeling, though according to her family she has a history of prostitution and drug use. Her cell phone was last used at 11:45 p.m. on October 9.

On May 22, 2013, her mother posted on the “Help Us Find Kara Nichols” Facebook page they set up to help in her recovery, “Monday is Kara’s 20th Birthday, please post birthday wishes here for Kara! Happy birthday Kara, we miss you very much and will not give up looking for you!”

Like some other young women in Colorado, Kara has a page on a social networking site for would-be models, ModelMayhem.com in Kara’s case. The connection between three missing young Colorado women, Kara Nichols, Raven Furlong and Kelsie Schelling, and modeling social-networking sites gained widespread media attention earlier this year. Since then Furlong has turned up safe, though now 18, she has decided not to return home, but Kara and Kelsie are still unaccounted for. The last search for Kelsie was conducted by family and friends looking for remains on the weekend of May 17 to 19, but there has been no movement on the case.

The only evidence of Kara that has surfaced since her disappearance seems to have been a photo of her on an ad for a Las Vegas escort service. It seems that she did not post the ad, so any connection to her remains unclear. If she is found, she also is over 18 and under no compulsion to return to her family, as much as they may miss her.

She is described a white female, 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes. Anyone with information about Nichols’ whereabouts is urged to call Detective Cliff Porter at (719) 520-7227.

The official missing poster for Kara from her Facebook page is shown below.

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This is the only missing poster approved by Kara's family, who encourage its use when sharing and posting.

This is the only missing poster approved by Kara's family, who encourage its use when sharing and posting.

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