Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Nichols, mother of two small children, was last seen alive December 10, 1987, at her home in Gothenburg. Nichols said that he and his wife had gone out the evening of December 10 to Pete's Lounge in Gothenburg, where she worked days as a barmaid. They came home from the bar and went to bed, he said.
The next morning on December 11, 1987, Christi was nowhere to be found, alledgedly having left and taking a suitcase of belongings but leaving her car behind. She left behind a paycheck, her driver's license, winter coat, most of her clothes and toiletries. According to her husband about $30 was missing from his billfold, along with tip money Mrs. Nichols had kept in jars, and some clothing.
Her husband reported her missing the next day, and she has never been seen since. Mrs. Nichols has not contacted her children, parents, brother or sister since she vanished.
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 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. Foul play is suspected.
The family wanted Dawson County and state law enforcement officials to open a grand jury investigation of the case but were turned down for lack of evidence.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Nebraska State Patrol