Remains of Megan Nichols, a 15-year-old who went missing in 2014, were positively identified Friday, according to a press release by the FBI.
FBI Media Representative Brad Ware told Dateline Megan’s body “was found in a rural location in Wayne County, [Illinois] on December 26, 2017.” One month later, on January 26, 2018, authorities positively identified the remains as belonging to Megan.
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Megan was last seen on July 3, 2014 at the home in Fairfield, Illinois, where she lived with her mother and stepfather. As Dateline has previously reported, Megan’s mother, Kathy Jo Hutchcraft, discovered her daughter missing from her room around 11:00 p.m. Kathy later found a note Megan reportedly left behind, telling her that she loved her, but she would never be happy at home.
According to authorities, Megan withdrew money from a local bank while on her bicycle prior to her disappearance. She had left her cell phone behind at the house. It had been wiped clean.