Cold Case: What happened to Kara Nichols?

What happened to missing Colorado woman, Kara Nichols? The aspiring model vanished in October 2012 -- meaning nearly five years have passed since anyone has seen or heard from her. This case has long been surrounded by suspicion for many years, with some disturbing revelations that make it hard to believe that this young woman will ever be found alive.

Kara Nichols was last seen on October 9, 2012. She was supposedly heading to Denver (from Aurora), to participate in a modeling shoot. At least that's the story she told her loved ones. The truth of the matter is that Kara had been involved in prostitution for a handful of years, while living the public persona of an aspiring lingerie model. These details were understandably hard to swallow for loved ones of the missing woman, but when they were confirmed by detectives it became immediate apparent that she did not vanish while en route to a modeling shoot.

Women who work in the sex industry -- prostitutes in particular -- tend to fall victim to violent crimes. They're easy targets to predators because they tend to live on the fringes of society, with no loved ones to look for them when they disappear. This is why prolific serial killers are known to select prostitutes as their victims. Gary Ridgway, Joel Rifkin and numerous other serial killers have made claims to fame by killing countless numbers of women for this very reason. Nonetheless, there are always exceptions to the rule, and not all prostitutes live lives of solitude and loneliness. Kara Nichols has a family who loves and misses her dearly, and they snapped into action almost immediately after they noticed that she was missing.

Kara Nichols is still missing, and authorities in Colorado don't appear to have the first clue behind what happened to her. What is known is that she disappeared while in the company of at least two other women, who were supposedly all heading to Denver. All of these women, Kara included, were involved in prostitution. Was Kara an independent sex worker who fell victim to the hands of a violent "John," or did she meet a demise at the hands of a pimp? These answers may never be answered -- at least not until she is located. With it being almost five years since Kara was last seen or heard from, it's probably safe to say that she won't be found alive. 


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