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May 19, 2013 12:58 AM by Tony Spehar -

Mother of missing Colorado Springs teen still searching for clues

It's been over seven-months since Kara Nichols, 19, disappeared after leaving her Colorado Springs home, but her mother isn't giving up hope.

On Saturday afternoon Julia Nichols and a group of friends posted fliers downtown asking for help finding her daughter. Kara Nichols was last seen on Oct. 9 leaving her home in Colorado Springs to go to Denver. Monday is Kara's birthday.

"It's an up and down process, but I never want to give up hope," Julia Nichols said. "I don't have any confirmation that my daughter has passed away and so I have to keep hoping."

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating Kara's disappearance and not long ago announced that tips in the case had stopped coming in. Julia Nichols said detectives told her the case has gone cold.

"It's a horrible feeling, there's a sense of empty desperation and extreme frustration," Nichols described. "Wishing we had in our power more resources of our own."

But, Julia Nichols is continuing her search for her daughter and trying to help others. She's working with the National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation on "Operation Runway" and effort to track and spread information about modeling websites that may take advantage of models.

It is rumored that Kara Nichols's disappearance may be connected to her profile on the website "Model Mayhem" which pairs prospective models with photographers. Other Colorado teens who have gone missing have profiles on the site.

"We'd like to investigate and get the word out that some of these situations aren't all they seem," Julia Nichols explained.

Nichols said her hopes and her fears have increased after hearing the incredible story of three missing women recently found in Cleveland, they had been held captive in a home for a decade. She hopes the case will remind everyone to be vigilant.

"For anybody who seems to be in trouble or scared or out of place or not looking well," she said. "I think it really behoves us all to reach out."

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Kara Nichols is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.



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