James Nichols

Remains Identified As Wife Missing Since 1985

Jul 2, 2013
Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – An autopsy has confirmed that human remains found buried behind a basement wall of a Town of Poughkeepsie home are that of a woman who disappeared when she was 55 back in 1985. She died from apparently being struck on the head.

Her husband, James Nichols, reported his wife, JoAnn Nichols, missing and after an extensive investigation, she was never found.

Nichols died in December of last year and a private contractor was hired to clean out the vacant residence at 720 Vassar Road last Thursday.  That’s when the remains were found buried behind a wall.

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TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Human remains found in a sealed container behind a false wall in the basement of a vacant home at 720 Vassar Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie could be those of a woman who disappeared 27 years ago.

The remains were found on Friday by a private contractor cleaning out the vacant home on Vassar Road. The owner of the home, James Nichols, 82, was found dead of natural causes on December 27, 2012 after he had not been seen for several days. Town police found the house filled with personal items, debris and garbage.