Real Name: Christi Jo Nichols
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Gothenberg, Nebraska
Date: December 11, 1987
Date Of Birth: September 6, 1965
Weight: 120 lbs
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Brown hair and green eyes
Details: Christi Nichols is the wife of Mark Nichols of Gothenburg, Nebraska and the mother of two children, who vanished on December 11, 1987. Mark and Christi married when Christi was nineteen; according to who her family and friends, her life centered around Mark and their children. However, prior to her disappearance, the Nichols's marriage seemed to be falling apart. Christi reportedly began seeing another man. Ten days before she vanished, Christi went to the hospital for treatment of an injury that occurred during an argument with Mark. According to rumors, they had a rough marriage with her at the brunt of several strange injuries, however Mark has denied all accusations of doing physical harm unto his wife. He claimed that Christi was the one that attacked him, and that he had only hurt her in self-defense. The doctor who treated Christi, however, felt that she was being abused by Mark. Christi did not make much eye contact with the doctor and seemed scared of Mark. Mark was also waiting just outside the door. According to Christi's cousin Debbie, Christi had said that she was being abused by Mark. She even showed Debbie a bruise on her side, which she claimed was from Mark hitting her. Once again, Mark claimed that this argument never occurred.
Two days before she vanished, Christi talked to lawyer Claude Berreckman about getting a divorce. She was afraid that Mark would find out, so she went to Claude because he worked in a different town. Claude noted that Christi seemed very frightened of Mark. She told him about how he had abused her multiple times. Claude and Christi planned on contacting the police to file charges against Mark for abuse. However, she vanished before this could occur. Claude did not believe that Christi would have fled, since they were planning on filing the charges against Mark at a later date.
The day after she met with Claude, Christi went shopping with Mark and their children. That evening, the couple decided to go out; they hired teenager Diane Janssen to babysit their children, as they had hired her several times before. Diane was surprised that they were going out together because she knew that they were not getting along. That night, the couple went to the bar where Christi worked. According to Mark, the two were getting along well that night.
At around midnight, the couple left the bar and stopped at a convenience store. At 12:30 am, they left the store and headed home. According to Diane, Mark arrived home sometime between 12:30 and 1 am. Diane was doing her homework in front of the TV; she claimed that she did not see Christi enter the home. However, according to Mark, Christi did come home with her and went straight upstairs. Diane thought it was strange that Mark paid her in cash that night, because Christi normally paid her with a check. Diane believes that she would have heard Christi if she had come inside. According to Mark, Christi went to bed immediately after they came home. He says that he last saw her around 2 am when he fell asleep.
The next morning on December 11, 1987, Christi was nowhere to be found, allegedly having left Mark and their kids and taking a suitcase of belongings while leaving her car behind. Although she was missing, at 9:30 am, Mark told Christi's mother on the phone that she was sleeping at the time. Mark claims that he did not want to worry her mother. At 11:30 am, Mark took their children to Christi's grandmother's home and asked if she could watch them. All he told her was that Christi was missing; he did not ask her if she had seen Christi. Mark allegedly drove around for several hours, looking for Christi, although no witnesses could confirm this.
After driving around looking for her, he notified the police. Surprising, Mark moved out of the house the same day, boxing up all of her clothes and selling both of their cars. Three months later, in March 1988, Christi's suitcase was found dumped at a roadside rest area thirty miles away. Mark was somehow able to give an exact list of everything in the suitcase that Christi had apparently taken. The suitcase appeared to have deliberately been placed there. Despite a thorough search of the area around Gothenburg, no other trace of Christi has ever been found. The case has now stalled. Mark continues to claim that Christi abandoned him and the family and left voluntarily. However, Christi's family does not believe that she would leave voluntarily; they believe that Mark is responsible for her disappearance.
Suspects: The police consider Mark the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance. However, he has never been charged.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 16, 1988 episode.
Results: Unsolved - Christi Nichols' lawyer, Claude Berreckman, died in 2013 at the age of 80. Despite being the chief suspect in Christi's disappearance and possible murder, Mark Nichols has never been charged due to lack of evidence.