Women’s group sees link between Colo. missing girls and website

Posted on: 9:57 pm, February 26, 2013, by , updated on: 10:25pm, February 26, 2013

19-year-old Kara Nichols of Colorado Springs went missing October 9, 2012 and hasn’t been seen since. And earlier this month on February 5, 17-year-old Raven Furlong of Aurora left for school and never came home.

“Nobody’s heard from her, nobody’s seen her, nothing,” said Tobi Buckley, Furlong’s aunt.

“There are no words that I can explain to you how it feels to be looking for your child,” said her father Mark Furlong.

Now it seems there may be a connection between these two girls. Both had profiles on the website ModelMayhem.com.

The National Women’s Coalition against Violence & Exploitation got involved in both cases. They say Model Mayhem is a common link in several cases of missing girls.

“We’re up to 13 or 14 cases that we’re familiar with,” said the organization’s co-founder, Michelle Bart.

Raven’s aunt discovered her Model Mayhem profile after she went missing and saw some disturbing correspondence.

“The photographers asking her to do nude photographs after asking her if she was 18 and her telling them no,” Buckley said.

“A reputable modeling site is not going to ask if you are okay to have sex,” said Bar. “A reputable modeling site is not going to ask if you’re okay to do nudity and you’re underage.”

Raven did call her mother Tuesday but she says the call wasn’t normal.

“She said she had to go because it’s not her phone and they need their phone back,” said Lin Furlong.

Her family warns other parents to keep their kids off of Model Mayhem.

“Someone uses that website to find girls,” said Mark Furlong.

Now they just want her to come home.

“We need you home. Please call, please come home,” he said.

Police have not officially linked Model Mayhem to the girls’ disappearances but the company does have an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau.