COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County sheriff's investigators confirm that photos of a missing 19-year-old aspiring model have been posted on a Las Vegas escort website.
"Facial recognition if you will, it was very easy for investigators take a very quick glance from those photos and immediately recognize that the one depicted in the photos was in fact Kara," said Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County Sheriff's office.
When 7NEWS reporter called the number on the ad, the woman on the other end was less than eager to talk.
"Honey, I don't know who you are," she said and eventually hung up.
Investigators are talking to the people behind the ad, too, telling 7NEWS it was written and posted by someone other than Kara.
They don't think she has any association with the page. They said the fact her modeling pictures are on so many websites, makes her an easy target.
"You could view it as a strange coincidence potentially," said Kramer.
Las Vegas Police are helping El Paso investigators, but there is no sign of Kara in Nevada.
The escort classified ad was posted on myredbook.com early Monday morning and shows photos of Nichols wearing lingerie in provocative poses.
"Hey…I'm Star -- I'm the ONE you have been looking for!" says the ad with an email link for "702hotgirl," using the area code for Las Vegas. "I love to cater to upscale gentlemen who are looking to be treated like a man should be!...Unrushed, with a sweet sensual pleasing personality!"
El Paso County investigators say the photos are of Nichols, but they're not sure who posted them.
Earlier this month, investigators said the woman's eagerness to break into the modeling business may have "caused Kara to fall prey to a subculture of modeling business fronts that many times involve illicit drugs and prostitution."
"This subculture could have exploited a teenage girl who may have lacked the life experience to see the inherent risks. Our investigators have uncovered several websites which are not the cause of Kara's disappearance, but sites which relate to this subculture," sheriff's officials said.
However, lingerie photos of Nichols exist on modeling websites, and it's possible a hoaxer created the escort ad.
The myredbook.com ad for "Star" gives an escort rate of $200 per hour.
The ad describes Star as being a white woman who is 21 to 24 years old with blond hair and hazel eyes. She says she's 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and slender.
Authorities say Nichols is white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 120 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555 or email tips to email@example.com.