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Thursday, August 3, 1995
Desperate mom begs help in finding daughter
Times Colonist staff
The Vancouver Island mother of a vanished teenaged girl is making a desperate
appeal for news of her daughter. Lindsey Nicholls, now 15, disappeared from
the house where she living in Comox on Aug. 2 and investigations have failed
to turn up even a hint of what happened to her. Now, after five agonizing months
of "not knowing," her mother, Judy, is pleading for anyone to come
forward with some information about the missing teen. “I don't know what
I can say. She knows we love her," said Judy Nicholls.
In recent years, Lindsey had been having problems at home. The family had moved
to Comox from Delta about two years ago when her RCMP father was transferred.
Nicholls said Lindsey found adjusting to her new home very difficult and never
made any bones about not liking Comox."It was all 'Comox sucks,' and 'I
want to go back to Vancouver.' " The mother doesn't believe her daughter
had a drug problem and doesn't believe she has ever worked as a prostitute.
Lindsey was just 14 and cranky.
Then last April she ran away, back to Delta to stay with the family of a friend
there for about four weeks. When she came back she stayed first with a group
home, and then with a foster home."It was the only way we could convince
her to come back," said Nicholls. Things started to turn around. With Lindsey
on neutral ground, the communication between mother and daughter improved and
the teenager made new friends, started dating, and appeared to be making a new
"I thought she was doing really well. She had joined the air cadets and
she went skiing just about every weekend."
And then, on the Monday morning of the August long weekend, she left her home
and hasn't been seen since. She took none of her things and no money. She just
left. With her history as a runaway, much of the investigation has centred around
trying to track her down through her friends. One report of a body had police
dragging the river near Comox, but everything turned up blank. Besides police,
the case is now being investigated by the Calgary-based Missing Children Society
Rhonda Morgan, chairwoman of the society, said Lindsey's case is unusual because
most runaways turn up within days and can be easily found through friends. "If
we don't get something within the first week, I would be surprised. These kids
keep in contact with their friends." Society investigators have checked
out leads on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland and turned up nothing.
Lindsey's picture has been put on a poster and callers have telephoned with
leads, all of them empty.
"We are hoping that someone will call in ... It could be she got in with
a group of kids that we are not aware of and that's why we can't find her,"
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Missing Children Society of
Canada at 1-800-661-6160 or the Courtenay RCMP. Lindsey is described as 160
centimetres (five-foot-three) weighing 52 kilograms (115 pounds) with blond
hair colored with red henna. When she was last seen she was wearing blue jeans,
a khaki tank top, a blue plaid shirt tied around her waist and white deck shoes.