In 2019 the last message came from Nicole Jackson – since then there has been no radio silence
Elaniqua Vaughn is desperate. Her sister Nicole Denise Jackson went to Germany from Birmingham (Alabama) at the end of 2018 with a man she met on the Internet – then her trail is lost. Now “Ela” wants to look for her on her own.
Sister and dad want to go to Munich to look for Nicole Jackson
Until Christmas 2018, the then 23-year-old Nicole communicated with friends and family members in her home country, then contact became more sporadic, her sister reports. Occasionally “Happy Birthday” messages were received, but callbacks to the sender numbers had failed. There were also no more activities on the social media platforms, neither with Nicole nor with her boyfriend. In 2019 Ela got the last message from her sister. Then: radio silence. At the end of 2019, the worries were so great that Ela, together with her father Antonio Jackson, decided to travel to the Munich area themselves to get to the bottom of the matter – but then the corona pandemic thwarted them Travel plans.
During the crisis, Ela said she was working as a mobile nurse in various locations outside of Alabama, but now she is back and her sister’s whereabouts do not leave her in peace. Even if the thought torments her, she is sure: something must have happened to Nicole. “It doesn’t look like her,” she told Al.com. Now that the travel restrictions have been relaxed, she and her dad are sitting on packed suitcases, ready to make their way to Germany and hire a private investigator there to investigate the case.
Elaniqua Vaughn: “Deep down I know that something is wrong.”
The US embassy could not help them. “The embassy has tried to locate her. They have an address from her, but have not yet been able to contact her,” says Vaughn. Search calls in German Facebook groups also had no result. “Some police officers have been looking for her, but up to this point without success,” she told Al.com. “She has not left Germany, they have no evidence of that.”
In order to be able to finance the trip, the costs for a detective and possibly a longer stay in Germany, Ela launched a “GoFundMe” call for donations on June 30th. So far, around 1,000 US dollars (around 846 euros; as of July 15, 1 p.m.) have been raised. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack,” says Elaniqua Vaughn. “If you find her and it turns out that she just wants to be left alone, at least I know she’s okay.” But she secretly doesn’t believe that her sister just went into hiding and broke all the bridges behind her. “Deep down, I know something is wrong.”