It was the Colorado police who made the announcement. Monday, February 7, the body of a teenager missing for almost ten years was discovered buried near a farm, in a hole used to bury horses. Kara Nichols, 19, had not been heard from since October 9, 2012. She was reported missing five days later, on October 14, 2012, by her concerned roommates.

On Tuesday, February 8, police announced the arrest of Joel Hollendorfer, the son of the owners of the farm where Nichols’ body was discovered. According to an affidavit collected by the American media People, Kara Nichols was working as an escort at the time of her disappearance. She had then exchanged several text messages with Hollendorfer about sex dates. Accused of murder without premeditation, the 46-year-old man admits having had these exchanges by messages but affirms that Kara would never have presented himself to the appointment. The tracing of the latter’s phone, however, shows the opposite.

From suspect to culprit?

Joel Hollendorfer has been a prime suspect in Kara Nichols’ murder since the investigation began. As early as 2014, the police had ordered searches around his parents’ farm. Sniffer dogs then showed up, but Joel Hollendorfer’s mother, Betty Hollendorfer, explained that the areas indicated by the dogs were used to bury horses. The investigation was however relaunched in early 2022 during the interrogation of the ex-wife of Joel Hollendorfer. She said that after her father’s death in 2014, Joel Hollendorfer confessed to her “hiring an escort and accidentally strangling her to death during sex”. The investigation will have to prove if Kara Nichols is indeed dead under the blows of her former client.

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