May 30, 2014 12:50 AM by Kelsey Kennedy

Mother of Missing Woman Speaks out After Sheriff's Office Releases Interview amid Controversy

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office released an old audio recording of an interview done with Deputy Cliff Porter, who has filed a complaint of abuse and sexual favoritism against the sheriff.

During the 50-minute long interview, Porter was questioned about some controversial comments he made about the investigation into Kara Nichols. She was last ween in October of 2012.

The recording is very upsetting to Kara's family. Her mother, Julia Nichols, says Deputy Porter was disengaged from the beginning, refusing to take their calls or meet with the family.

"He was very dismissive," she says. "He made assumptions such as he immediately thought that our daughter was dead and told us so without having done much investigative work."

Porter says in the recording he was frustrated with lack of leads to follow up on.

"Look, this is a cold case. This girl's probably dead. We're going to work the leads, but we're going to shelve this thing, and we won't overreact when Mr. Nichols comes in."

Nichols says the recording is simply heartbreaking.

"To learn now that he complained about our concerns, the natural concerns of a family when a person goes missing, is more than appalling."

She says once the case was transferred to another detective, her family was kept informed and treated with respect. Julia is holding out hope that Kara will be found.

News 5 asked the Sheriff's Department for a comment on this matter. We were told their response would be direct to the Nichols family.

Julia says the department contacted her family on Wednesday to ensure they are still actively following leads to find Kara.



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