Nov 20, 2012 11:31 PM by Andy Koen

Person of interest sought in disappearance of local teen

COLORADO SPRINGS - It's the kind of statement no parent ever wants to make. Paul and Julie Nichols addressed reporters Tuesday afternoon at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in hopes that someone in the community would have seen or heard from their 19 year old daughter Kara.

The aspiring model disappeared over a month ago. Her roommates said she grabbed some cash and was headed to Denver with a woman they didn't recognize.

"This is a girl of Colorado Springs, a girl of Rockrimmon, of Briargate, neighborhoods that we now, people know us, they know Kara," Paul Nichols said. "Please think about this and any information you might have, it would be very, very helpful."

Sheriff Terry Maketa says Kara kept in regular contact with her family and friend through calls, emails, text messages and via social media. Her cell phone hasn't been used since the day she disappeared on October 8.

"That in and of itself is very concerning because all of a sudden it stopped," Maketa said.

Investigators released two photos of a woman they hope to get in touch with. Maketa says she is one of two women they believe saw Kara on the day she disappeared.

"Neither of them are suspects in any way," Maketa stressed. "They're just people we are trying to contact that we know had contact with Kara at least the last date she was seen."

Nichols is described as 5' 8", 120 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes. Flyers posted to a Facebook page created by the Nichols family also show her with dark hair.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555 or by email at findkaranichols@gmail.com.

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