The parents of a missing lingerie model say her involvement in drugs and links to prostitution may have something to do with her disappearance.
Kara Nichols, 19, was last seen in Colorado Springs on October 9. She has not been heard from since Oct. 10. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office issued an alert for her in November.
Nichols mother Julia says after Kara went missing, the family learned what was going on in their daughter's life.
"They [investigators] suspect foul play both because of her issues with drugs and the link to prostitution," Julia Nichols told Colorado Springs TV station KRDO. "We were reluctant to portray our daughter as just a no good person that nobody should care about."
Julia Nichols said while the family has been hesitant to talk about their daughter's problems, with no leads in Kara's disappearance, they're hoping this information could open new doors.
"[From] a friend or a parent or someone who might have any suspicion of their own child's involvement in that world, or past involvement," Julia Nichols said.
A page on ModelMayhem.com listed Kara Nichols as a model looking for work.
"I've done mostly lingerie shoots so far but I'm extremely open minded," her bio states.
Investigators say Nichols told her roommates she was driving to Denver for a modeling job before she disappeared.
"The whole family has been devastated," Julia Nichols said. "We never dreamed this kind of thing went on in Colorado Springs, but we've since learned, it's here."
Nichols is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 120 pounds with blond hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Cliff Porter at 719-520-7227.