COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – An aspiring teen model from Colorado Springs told her roommate she had to go to Denver, left her apartment and hasn’t been seen since. Police are calling her disappearance suspicious.
Kara Nichols, 19, was last seen on Oct. 9. She told friends she was heading to Denver for a potential job interview. Her parents say they have no idea if she ever even reached Denver.
Nichols worked as a waitress in Colorado Springs but wanted to become a model.
“This has evolved into an incident of suspicion,” El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said.
Her parents made an appeal to the public on Tuesday.
“I want to appeal to the public to come forward with any news, any information, no matter how insignificant it might be,” father Paul Nichols said.
Friends and witnesses say they last saw Nichols in Colorado Springs hanging out with two brunette girls or women her friends didn’t know. Police are considering one of the brunettes a person of interest, but they need help finding her. Anyone who recognizes the woman in the photo below should contact the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department.
Maketas said police haven’t been able to substantiate the story that Nichols left for Denver on Oct. 9. She didn’t have a driver’s license or a vehicle, so if the story is true someone else had to give her a ride or let her borrow a vehicle.
Nichols’ roommate said the missing teen quickly left their residence, leaving behind a purse and cash. Her roommate expected her to come right back in, but she never did.
“She was a delightful daughter. She could have had the world at her feet,” Paul Nichols said. “To see that she’s missing now is just a crushing blow.”
There was no activity on her cellphone after Oct. 9.
“She was very involved in social media, texting, emailing, and even calling,” Maketa said. “So that in of itself is somewhat concerning that all of a sudden that stopped.”