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Model Kara Nichols Has Been Missing For One Year, Family Offers Reward For Any Information

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El Paso Co. Sheriff's Office
El Paso Co. Sheriff's Office

One year ago today, 19-year-old Colorado Springs model Kara Nichols disappeared on her way to Denver for a modeling photo shoot. She hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Investigators told 7News that tips continue to come in regarding Nichols, some as recently as last week, but many have not proved fruitful.

Despite the lull in new information in the case, Nichols' family continues the search hoping she will be found alive.

"It has been one year since our beloved daughter Kara Nichols went missing from her residence in Colorado Springs, and our family is bracing for another holiday season without her," Paul and Julia Nichols, parents of Kara, wrote on the "Help Us Find Kara Nichols" Facebook page Wednesday.

"We will never give up hope of finding Kara," the parents added. "Someone, somewhere, knows what happened and we are begging that person to leave a tip with the El Paso Co. Sheriff’s Department."

Nichols' parents are offering a $1000 reward for information leading to answers in the disappearance of their daughter, who would now be 20-years-old.

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According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, then 19-year-old Kara Nichols was last seen on Oct. 9, 2012 in Colorado Springs after leaving for work in Denver.

Police said Nichols was traveling to Denver for a modeling job with two unidentified women. It is unclear if she arrived and her current whereabouts are a mystery.

One of the women traveling with Nichols was interviewed by the police, but her name has not been released. Authorities are still looking for the second woman.

Attempts by authorities to reach Nichols via her cellphone -- the last call from Nichols' cellphone was at 11:45 p.m. the day she went missing -- or to determine the phone's location have been unsuccessful, Sgt. Joe Roybal told The Huffington Post.

According to her Facebook page and Model Mayhem profile (NSFW), Nichols began modeling in February 2012.

"Although I'm new to it, modeling is something I am very passionate about and I take my work seriously," her profile reads. "Currently I'm working on building my portfolio so I'm always looking for modeling opportunities in my area. I've done mostly lingerie shoots so far but I'm extremely open minded."

Roybal said authorities do not yet know if Nichols' work played a role in her disappearance. "We really don't have any indication as to why she hasn't been in contact," he said. "We have nothing to indicate any crime has been committed or foul play. The only thing that concerns us is that she has not been in contact with anybody."

Kara Nichols is a white female, 5'8" tall, 120 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes. Anyone with information about Nichols’ whereabouts should call Detective Cliff Porter at (719) 520-7227.
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