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May 1, 2013 12:56 AM by Eric Ross

Search continues for missing Colorado Springs teen

We are continuing to follow the investigation into the disappearance of Colorado Springs teen Kara Nichols.

Nichols vanished back in October 2012 after reportedly going on a modeling job interview in Denver.

Kara along with two other Colorado teens disappeared within months of each other. All three had one connection----each had an online modeling profile.

Raven Furlong, 18, was found safe in California in early April. Nichols is nowhere to be found. Both teens had online modeling profiles through ‘Model Mayhem'.

"As every month passes, it's harder to cling onto hope," Julia Nichols said.

Kara's mom isn't giving up, even though leads are drying up.

"The sheriff's office told us the case has basically gone cold," she said.

News 5 is going back in time and taking a closer look into the modeling site Kara was associated with shortly before her disappearance.

‘Model Mayhem' is an online only modeling agency that pairs prospective models with photographers from across the nation. The only problem is nobody seems to know who these photographers are and what credibility they have.

"Mail for the company has been returned since 2009 and there's no physical address," Katie Carrol with the Better Business Bureau said. "The phone has been disconnected since September 2012 so there's no way to get a hold of them."

Carrol fell shy of calling this site a scam, but did say it doesn't have the best wrap sheet. Model Mayhem has racked up complaints from users and has failed to address those issues with the BBB.

"If you don't respond to a complaint, you're going to get an F," Carrol said.

For now, there are just rumors swirling this site may be taking advantage of models and then trafficking them. It's a theory that lingers in Nichols' mind. Still, she's holding strong----hoping her daughter will return home safely.

"As a mother, I will never give up on my daughter," Nichols said. "Giving up might mean giving into a predator who might have caused my daughter harm."

Anyone with information regarding Kara's whereabouts is asked to contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 390.5555. Your tip can be placed anonymously.

The BBB cautions prospective models using online sites. You can always check out a business rating by visiting bbb.org.

Reputable modeling agencies should have a BBB accreditation as well as a customer service address and phone number.

 

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