12-11-2007, 09:51 PM #1Registered User
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NE - Christi Jo Nichols, 22, Gothenburg, 10 Dec 1987
From Doenetwork. http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2469dfne.html
Nichols, mother of two small children, was last seen alive December 10, 1987, at her home in Gothenburg. Her husband reported her missing the next day, and she has never been seen since. The Nebraska State Patrol investigated the case and the family hired a private detective — to no avail.
Although authorities suspect Christi Jo Nichols is dead, her body never has been found. At first, police handled the disappearance as a missing persons case, but as time progressed it evolved into suspicion of murder.
An investigation revealed traces of Christi's blood in the couple's house and in the husbands car. Recent DNA tests have proved that the blood found was indeed Christi's.
Her suitcase, along with her purse was found at a rest stop near Maxwell in 1988.
Christi was in an abusive relationship and had been treated in an emergency room for injuries weeks before she disappeared. She was planning to leave her husband at the time of her disappearance.
08-19-2010, 03:26 PM #2
August 14, 2004
Unsolved Murders In The Old West
North Platte was "Little Chicago"
Christi Jo Nichols – 1987
Christi Jo Nichols, 22, of Gothenburg, mother of two small children, was last seen alive Dec. 10, 1987. Her husband Mark reported her missing the next day.
At first, police handled the disappearance as a missing persons case, but as time progressed it evolved into suspicion of murder.
An investigation revealed traces of Christi's blood in the couple's house and in Mark's car. Recent DNA tests have proved that the blood found was indeed Christi's.
According to Christi's mother, Connie Stanley of Lodgepole, there were other signs.
Stanley said Mark knew the exact contents of his wife's suitcase, which was found along with her purse at a rest stop near Maxwell in 1988.
Stanley and some police investigators believe Mark planted the items to be found.
Christi's body has never been found. Mark Nichols was never charged in her disappearance.
The Gothenburg police handled the case at first but were soon joined by investigators from the Nebraska State Patrol.
NSP cold-case investigators continue working on the case today.
Stanley said she and her husband Greg knew things weren't quite right with her daughter's relationship with Mark, but they didn't realize how bad it was until after she disappeared.
Stanley now says Mark continually beat Christi and that she had sought help from an abuse counselor.
"When Mark found out, he was furious," Stanley said. "He took the kids and only agreed to bring them home if Christi agreed not to meet with an abuse counselor again or talk to anyone else."
Stanley said Christi agreed, but she met with the abuse counselor again anyway.
"She planned to leave Mark the next day," Stanley said. "She never made it."
Stanley believes Mark Nichols beat Christi to death and disposed of her body.
Stanley has learned a lot about her daughter's situation in the ensuing years: that other family members knew that Christi was being abused by Mark and that he had an abusive past, that Mark was probably monitoring every call Christi made to her family, and that Christi had been treated in an emergency room for injuries weeks before she disappeared.
Stanley got temporary custody of the two kids but a judge placed them in a foster home after four months. Shortly afterward, Mark Nichols got the children back.
Nichols filed for divorce from Christi about a year after her death. He then remarried and moved to North Platte.
Stanley said Mark Nichols now lives in Arkansas with his third wife and she has not seen her grandkids in years. She now has a great-granddaughter that he has never seen.
"The only solace we had was hoping to see justice done," Stanley said. "I don't think we'll see justice in our lifetime.
"I would just like to lay Christi to rest."
10-26-2012, 02:55 PM #3
Bumping... This is one of those "we basically know who was behind her disappearance, but lack evidence to convict", unfortunately.
Charley Project - Christi Jo Nichols...Always remembering the missing...
12-11-2012, 08:44 AM #4
After 25 years, missing woman's aunt holds on to hope
By David Hendee
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
PUBLISHED TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012 AT 1:00 AM
UPDATED AT 1:11 AM
The kids grew up.
The husband moved on.
But Joanne Kniss of Omaha hasn't given up hope of learning what happened to her niece in Gothenburg, Neb., 25 years ago today.
02-12-2013, 02:47 AM #5
I wish they would push forward with this... Mark Nichols needs to be put behind bars. There is blood in their home, and in his car.
The case is circumstantial, but it's worth pursuing. It's been done before....Always remembering the missing...
01-07-2014, 02:58 PM #6
for Christi Jo, now missing 26 years.
Foul play is suspected in Christi's disappearance and it is classified as a homicide. Mark is the only suspect in her case. Trace amounts of Christi's blood were found on the floor of her bedroom, and in the trunk of Mark's 1977 Mercury Cougar. Authorities stated there was not enough blood to indicate Christi was dead. Mark told investigators it was menstrual blood, but analysis proved this statement was untrue.
Christi's case remains unsolved. She is described as a quiet, very shy woman and a dedicated mother. It is uncharacteristic of her to abandon her children.Here a , there a , everywhere a
07-14-2015, 07:25 AM #7
Bumping....Always remembering the missing...
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