Missing for 49 Years With Precious Little Information – Darrel B Nichols

I’m giving you another Utah missing persons case with scant details. There appear to be numerous plot holes and numerous unsolved questions.

Parents Joseph Lawrence Nichols and Lola Mae Bowen welcomed Darrel B. Nichols into the world on October 7, 1953, in Park City, Summit County, Utah. Along with a half-brother, he had three brothers.

Darrel, then 19, and his family were residing at 505 Woodside Avenue in Park City, Utah, in 1973. He attended Park City High School and was most likely a senior. Darrel vanished on April 1.

There is no clear indication of when Darrel vanished. While some reports claim it happened on April 1, others claim he vanished “sometime in April 1973.” The first of the month is frequently used as a fallback when the precise date is unclear. The only recent newspaper article I could locate suggests that Darrel may have vanished on April 2nd.

According to the majority of accounts, Darrel might have joined some buddies in Park City’s hills. According to a few reports, these were “unknown friends.” According to the Park City Police Department’s website, “his disappearance’s circumstances are suspicious.” The location of Darrel’s most recent confirmed sighting is unknown.

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At the age of 57, his father passed away naturally in a Heber City nursing facility on April 4th, 1973. The distance from the Park City home of the family is roughly 17 miles, or a 20-minute trip. The fact that the date is so near to when Darrel would have vanished makes this stick out to me. I can’t help but wonder if the two incidents were connected. Since 57 seems too young to be in a nursing home, it’s possible that his father suffered from a condition of some kind.

At the age of 76, Darrel’s mother passed away in 2000 without ever learning what had become of her son. He also lost at least three of his brothers, one in 2005, one in 2012, and one in 2013.

How did Darrel fare? He claimed to have gone into Park City’s hills. If so, who may his potential travelling companions have been? What were they doing there, exactly? Why didn’t they report it if something happened to Darrel while he was with pals in the hills? What did he do if he didn’t head for the hills? Did the cops ask his acquaintances or classmates for references? Did the death of his father have anything to do with his disappearance?

In addition to Levi jeans and boots, Darrel was last spotted sporting a blue parka. He weighs roughly 160 pounds and is 5 feet 9 inches tall. His eyes and hair are both brown. Glasses with a horn rim are common on Darrel.

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