COLORADO SPRINGS — The El Paso County Coroner released the autopsy report for Kara Nichols, identifying the cause of death as asphyxia due to strangulation.
Kara Nichols was 19-years old when she vanished from Colorado Springs on October 9, 2012.
The report says Nichols' remains, found on a property in Black Forest in February 2022, were placed in three layers of duct tape sealed, black plastic bags and buried 3-4 feet below ground.
After nearly ten years, Nichols' remains had decomposed and the report listed "No identifiable anatomic cause of death".
However, the report cites a "reported witness to the death relayed to a third party that he 'accidentally killed an escort a couple years prior to that, and ultimately buried her on his mother's farm' and that he 'accidentally strangled her' while they were 'having sex'". Nichols' body was discovered in the exact manner described by the third party.
The Coroner's report also sighted probable heroin intoxication, which Nichols' family has mentioned she struggled with.
There will be a "Vigil for Hope and Justice" in honor of Nichols on April 6 at 4:00 pm at 215 S Tejon St.
Joel Hollendorfer is being charged with First Degree Murder in connection to Nichols' disappearance. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 6 for a Plea Hearing at 2:30 pm.
Location for Vigil:
- Police confirm remains of Kara Nichols found, 10 years after she went missing
- Suspect in Kara Nichols case makes first appearance, bond increased to $1 million
- Affidavit reveals new details regarding events leading up to Kara Nichols disappearance
- Retired Detective reacts to arrest affidavit in Kara Nichols case
- Man accused of murdering Kara Nichols makes first in-person court appearance
- Kara Nichols' friend reacts to latest developments in case
- Hollendorfer waives right to speedy trial in Kara Nichols case
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