It's been exactly one year since Colorado Springs teen Kara Nichols went missing. Her family is still holding onto hope that she'll be found alive.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says that tips have been coming in as recently as last week. While none of them have panned out, it's a good sign that finding Kara is still on people's minds.
Kara, 19, was last seen by her roommates at their home on the 6700 block of Mission Road in the Cimarron Hills area on the evening of October 9, 2012. Her roommates told investigators that Kara said she was heading to Denver that evening. She wasn't seen or heard from after that. All cell phone activity ceased after she disappeared.
11 News talked with Kara's mother, Julia on Wednesday night.
"We don't know whether we need to grieve or whether we marshal other resources to get help for her. We just don't know where to go anymore. It's not in her character to never contact us," Nichols said.
Despite purportedly being Denver-bound, investigators say Kara left her house that evening without her purse and money.
Her family is continuing their active search, and is now offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information that can lead directly to her whereabouts.
"She may be underweight. She may be in a bad situation and not looking like herself. I would just beg anyone who might have seen her to come forward," explained Julia Nichols.
They have also set up a Facebook page with more information, which you can access by clicking on the link below.