Kristi Lynn Nikle

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Above: Nikle, circa 1996

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 3, 1996 from Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 8, 1976
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'4, 101 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue/green eyes.
  • Medical Conditions: Nikle suffers from a mild mental mental disability. Although socially capable, she has the mental capacity of a ten-year-old.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Nikle was last seen leaving an apartment in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota on October 3, 1996. Her father reported her missing one week later, on October 10. She has never been heard from again. It's uncharacteristic of Nikle to leave without warning. Police originally believed she left of her own accord, but now foul play is suspected in her disappearance.

    There is some speculation that Nikle might have become a victim of a serial killer of mentally disabled women. The man suspected, Floyd Todd Tapson, was once the supervisor of several group homes for disabled individuals. In 2003, Tapson was convicted of kidnapping, raping and shooting a mentally handicapped Montana woman. She survived; he was sentenced to 75 years in prison. Tapson was allegedly seen in a car with Nikle two days after she disappeared. Nikle had also bragged before her disappearance about having a boyfriend named "Todd." Tapson was also considered a possible suspect in the disappearance of Carla Anderson, a mildly mentally disabled woman who vanished from Minnesota in 1987, but he was cleared from that case after being interviewed by investigators.

    No one has been charged in connection with Nikle's disappearance; her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    612-376-3200

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    Source Information
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    The Doe Network
    The Grand Forks Herald
    NamUs

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 11, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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