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Family Looks for Clues In Disappearance of Man

Family Looks for Clues In Disappearance of Man



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Sandra Yi reporting A man vanished nearly 3 months ago, and his family says the circumstances are very unusual.

His family says they've just learned that his truck was found in Salt Lake City. Police could not confirm that information tonight. But it could be the most promising lead so far, in the disappearance of 40 year old Jeff Nichols.

Jeff Nichols mysteriously disappeared.

"How about all the ski stuff?"

His family is cleaning house.

Ann Nichols, Jeff's Mother: "It's packing up a life. 41 years of a life, and doing it in a weekend is a very sad thing."

There is still no sign of him, and his family fears the worst.

Ann Nichols: "I don't know what, but I do think that something terrible has happened."

Nichols was last seen on June 8th.

He told his girlfriend he was meeting his ex-wife in the area of 4500 S. State St. before work, to buy some golf clubs. His family says, he may have also been going to have breakfast with her and their son. His ex-wife told them, he never showed up.

Ann Nichols: "It's the not knowing and the helplessness that we have felt that's been so difficult."

Nichols is an air traffic controller, at the Salt Lake Airport.

Wanda Schmitt: "Jeff was upbeat and positive, totally committed to his son."

Those are messages from co-workers, who believe Nichols would not leave his life behind. His mother says, Nichols was planning to build a house and recently paid a deposit for a lot.

He also has a 7 year old son, that family members say, was his life.

Ann Nichols: "He was the most devoted father I can imagine. Always wanting the best for sam."

Salt Lake City police are investigating, but say they have found no evidence of foul play. For now, his family is trying to hold onto hope.

Wanda Schmitt, Jeff's Sister: "That's the worst part of it, because you hold onto hope and pray that he's ok."

Ann Nichols: "Every day that goes by, the hope dissipates more and more."

There has been no activity in any of Nichols' accounts. His family hopes someone knows something.

They are offering a reward for information. They plan to put up billboards this week and have set up a website.

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