Web of Lies S5E9 Script

In Dark Corners (2018)

EVAN.

Narrator: A DEVOTED MOM...

SEE.

...LOVES THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

SHE LOVED TO SWIM, GO TO THE LAKE, THE RIVERS.

Narrator: SHE FINDS ROMANCE ONLINE.

HE SEEMED LIKE A GENUINE GUY AND I THOUGHT THIS IS WHAT SHE NEEDED.

[ GUNSHOT ]

Narrator: LIFE IS GOOD.

CHEERS. CHEERS.

UNTIL WORLDS ARE BLOWN APART.

[ GASPS ]

THEN THERE'S A NEW NIGHTMARE STARTING.

STAY OFF MAN. YOU DON'T KNOW WHO I AM.

SHE HEARD ARGUING AND SCREAMING.

WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

GO HOME.

THAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT PLACE TO BURY A BODY.

♪♪

♪♪ Narrator: 23-YEAR-OLD NICOLE NIETO HAS TWO GREAT LOVES IN HER LIFE --

HER FAMILY AND HER HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON.

Nichols: SHE WAS JUST ALL NATURE.

SHE LOVED TO SWIM, GO TO THE LAKE, THE RIVERS.

SHE WOULD PICK UP SPIDERS AND HAND THEM TO THEIR KIDS, AND SHE WAS JUST ALL INTO NATURE.

SHE WAS A VERY HAPPY GIRL.

SHE WAS ALWAYS OUTGOING.

LIFE OF THE PARTY, I WOULD THINK.

♪♪ EVAN.

EVAN.

EVAN?

Narrator: NICOLE'S 2-YEAR-OLD SON, EVAN, IS HER PRIDE AND JOY.

EVAN, HI.

BUT SINCE HER DIVORCE FROM HIS DAD, IAN, TWO YEARS AGO, SHE ONLY HAS HIM HALF THE WEEK.

WHEN NICOLE HAD EVAN, EVERYTHING CHANGED.

SHE WAS SO INTO HER CHILD. SHE LOVED HIM.

SHE BECAME VERY FAMILY-ORIENTED.

SEE, ISN'T THAT BETTER?

SHE WAS JUST IN LOVE WITH BEING A MOTHER.

YEAH, THAT'S GOOD.

♪♪ Narrator: WHILE HER SON, EVAN, IS WITH HIS DAD, NICOLE SEES WHAT ONLINE DATING HAS TO OFFER.

"I LOVE THE GREAT OUTDOORS, FRESH AIR, AND GETTING BACK TO NATURE."

Narrator: NICOLE IS CONTACTED BY AN OLDER GUY WITH A BEAMING SMILE, JUST HER TYPE -- RUGGED AND OUTDOORSY.

"LOVE YOUR SMILE -- BRANDON."

Narrator: BEFORE LONG, BRANDON WHITE IS A FIXTURE IN NICOLE'S LIFE.

THE CALL OF THE WILD MAKES THEM INSEPARABLE.

KIND OF HEAVY. IT'S THE FIRST TIME?

FIRST TIME.

Melisa: HE WOULD TAKE US FISHING.

HE WOULD TEACH US HOW TO FILET A FISH, CUT UP A FISH.

AND HE MADE SURE THAT WE KNEW HOW TO SHOOT GUNS AND HOW TO DO THINGS ON OUR OWN THAT MOST WOMEN DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO.

[ GUNSHOT, BIRDS FLYING ]

NICE TRY.

CLOSE IS GOOD FOR A FIRST SHOT.

DON'T WORRY, YOU'LL GET MORE PRACTICE TODAY.

ALL RIGHT, PROMISE?

Narrator: BUT THEIR WHIRLWIND ROMANCE TAKES SOME PEOPLE BY SURPRISE.

SHE WAS REALLY BUBBLY AND HE WASN'T AND SO I WAS LIKE, "HOW IS THIS GONNA WORK?"

BUT I GUESS, LIKE, THE OPPOSITES, LIKE, ATTRACTED IN THEIR CASE.

♪♪ Narrator: SURE ENOUGH, 18 MONTHS LATER, THE COUPLE ARE MARRIED.

NICOLE'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS WELCOME BRANDON WITH OPEN ARMS.

IT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST DAYS THAT I REMEMBER.

JUST THE PRETTIEST WEDDING. THE SPOT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

IT WAS SO FUN.

HE SEEMED LIKE A GENUINE GUY AND I THOUGHT THIS IS WHAT SHE NEEDED.

SHE NEEDED A GOOD GUY.

♪♪ I'M GONNA CALL YOU AS SOON AS I GET THERE, OKAY?

OKAY.

Narrator: A YEAR INTO THEIR MARRIAGE, NICOLE IS FORCED TO MAKE AN AGONIZING CHOICE.

BRANDON GETS A JOB IN ALASKA.

IF SHE TAKES EVAN, HE WILL BE UPROOTED FROM HIS NEW SCHOOL AND HIS FATHER.

RELUCTANTLY, SHE AGREES TO LEAVE HIM IN ORTING.

SEE YOU SOON.

Melisa: THAT WAS PROBABLY THE TOUGHEST DECISION SHE HAD TO MAKE.

IT WAS HARD.

LET'S GO.

IT WAS HARD FOR EVERYONE.

WE'RE SO CLOSE.

♪♪ Narrator: LIFE IN REMOTE, SMALL-TOWN ALASKA IS MUCH HARDER THAN NICOLE EVER IMAGINED.

[ BABY CRIES ]

THE COUPLE NOW HAVE A BABY OF THEIR OWN, JEREMIAH, WHO TAKES UP MOST OF HER TIME.

IT WAS HARD, AND HER HUSBAND WAS ALWAYS WORKING.

IT WAS JUST HER AND THE BABY ALL THE TIME.

Narrator: BUT LONELINESS IS THE LEAST OF NICOLE'S PROBLEMS.

SHE'S WORRIED ABOUT BRANDON.

Webb: SHE THOUGHT HE WAS CHEATING ON HER.

MONEY WAS BEING SPENT ON THINGS IT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN BEING SPENT ON, LIKE HOTELS AND PLANE TICKETS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

BRANDON?

Narrator: NICOLE'S SUSPICIONS DEEPEN A GROWING RIFT.

BRANDON?

GIVE IT A BREAK OKAY?

A BREAK?

Webb: I THINK THEY GOT TO A POINT WHERE THEY JUST DIDN'T TRUST EACH OTHER AT ALL AND JUST EVERYTHING --

SHE THOUGHT EVERYTHING THAT HE SAID WAS A LIE.

I HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING TO COME HERE AND BE WITH YOU.

YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO COME.

IT WAS YOUR CHOICE. LIVE WITH IT.

WHAT CHOICE DID I HAVE, EXACTLY?

TO LEAVE MY HUSBAND, MY NEW BABY, OR MY OLDEST SON?

THAT'S THE CHOICE THAT I HAD EXACT--

BY THE WAY, THAT WAS BEFORE I KNEW ABOUT THIS WOMAN THAT YOU WERE FLYING ACROSS THE --

[ GUNSHOT ]

WHOA!

GOOD SHOT, BIG MAN.

♪♪ GET BACK HERE.

Narrator: LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER MOVING TO ALASKA TO BE WITH BRANDON, NICOLE MOVES BACK TO WASHINGTON WITH JEREMIAH TO BE CLOSE TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

♪♪ NICOLE MOVES IN WITH HER MOTHER, JILL, AND BEST FRIEND KARI.

REUNITED WITH HER ELDEST SON, EVAN, SHE'S HAPPY TO SETTLE IN WITH BOTH OF HER BOYS.

BUT THERE'S STILL A DARK CLOUD HANGING OVER HER LIFE --

DIVORCE.

BRANDON IS NOW ENGAGED TO ANOTHER WOMAN.

Webb: I KNEW SHE LOVED BRANDON, BUT I DON'T THINK SHE EVER WOULD HAVE GOT BACK WITH HIM JUST 'CAUSE OF THE TRUST ISSUES THAT SHE HAD WITH HIM.

Narrator: WITH A NEW PROFILE ON THE DATING WEBSITE PLENTY OF FISH, NICOLE STARTS LOOKING AGAIN FOR LOVE.

Nichols: SHE WAS STILL GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE, AND I THINK SHE WAS JUST DATING TO REBEL.

I THINK SHE STILL LOVED HER HUSBAND AND I THINK SHE JUST THOUGHT BY DOING THIS, IT WOULD CHANGE HER WAYS OF THINKING ABOUT HIM BECAUSE SHE KNEW HE WASN'T COMING BACK.

Narrator: IT ISN'T LONG BEFORE A GUY NAMED JONATHAN MAKES CONTACT.

HE CLAIMS TO LOVE THE OUTDOORS, AND HE'S ONLY A SHORT DRIVE AWAY.

Nichols: I TALKED TO HER ABOUT IT, TOLD HER HOW SCARY IT COULD BE.

THAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHO SHE'S TALKING TO.

SHE WAS SO TRUSTING.

SHE WOULD JUST TRUST EVERYBODY.

♪♪ Narrator: A FEW WEEKS INTO MESSAGING JONATHAN, NICOLE AGREES TO A FIRST DATE.

THEY MEET AT A BAR IN SPANAWAY, 14 MILES FROM ORTING.

BUT TO BE SAFE, SHE TAKES KARI ALONG WITH HER.

Webb: I GUESS WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR BEST FRIEND WITH YOU, IT'S KIND OF EASIER TO GET A VIBE OF YOU KNOW, HOW'S THIS PERSON GOING TO BE, IF IT'S A GOOD THING, IF IT'S A BAD THING.

I'M GONNA TEXT HIM.

I'M GONNA GRAB US SOME DRINKS, OKAY?

OKAY.

AND WE WERE JUST SITTING THERE FOR A REALLY LONG TIME AND SHE KEPT TEXTING HIM, HE WASN'T ANSWERING, AND SO WE ASSUMED HE WASN'T COMING.

HOW IS IT GOING, LADIES?

HEY. HEY. WHAT'S UP?

YOU MUST BE JON. NICOLE.

THAT'S A PERFECT SHOT RIGHT THERE.

NOT BAD.

YOU KNOW HOW TO PLAY POOL, RIGHT?

MAYBE YOU CAN TELL ME IF I'M DOING IT RIGHT.

DOUBT YOU'LL DO IT RIGHT, BUT...

Martino: JONATHAN WORKED A COUPLE TIMES FOR ME AT JEEPERS.

AND WHEN HE DID WORK SECURITY FOR ME, HE DID A GREAT JOB.

I NEVER HAD ANY ISSUES, ANY COMPLAINTS.

HE WAS A COUNTRY BOY. HE LIKED HUNTING.

HE LIKED FOUR-WHEELING. HE LIKED SHOOTING.

HE LIKED DOING ALL THAT STUFF.

THAT'S JUST WHAT WE DO UP HERE.

MAKE SURE THAT YOUR EYE'S ON THE BALL THERE.

YOU COULD DEFINITELY TELL THAT JONATHAN AND NICOLE WERE FLIRTING.

IT WAS A TYPICAL FIRST DATE, YOU KNOW.

KEEP THAT ARM STRAIGHT BUT YOU'RE LIKE...

BEING PLAYFUL WITH EACH OTHER, ARMS AROUND EACH OTHER, JUST HAVING A GOOD TIME.

♪♪ Narrator: BUT THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS ON NICOLE'S MIND THAN JUST DATING...

[ CELLPHONE RINGS ]

HI. HOLD ON.

...THE CUSTODY OF HER SON JEREMIAH.

Melisa: I THINK NICOLE WAS SCARED THAT BRANDON MIGHT COME TAKE JEREMIAH AND NOT BRING HIM BACK.

WHEN AM I GONNA SEE MY SON?

I AM NOT HAVING SOME WOMAN WHO I HAVE NEVER MET LOOK AFTER MY SON. NO WAY. WHAT MOM WOULD?

A MOM WITH TWO KIDS BY TWO DIFFERENT DADS?

WHAT DO YOU THINK A JUDGE WOULD SAY ABOUT THAT?

A JUDGE?

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, A JUDGE?

YOU HEARD ME. I'M NOT GONNA SAY IT AGAIN.

NICOLE WAS 100% ABOUT HER CHILDREN, AND SHE WAS GONNA FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL TO MAKE SURE THAT HE DIDN'T TAKE JEREMIAH AWAY FROM HER.

Narrator: 28-YEAR-OLD NICOLE WHITE IS TRYING TO PUT HER LIFE BACK TOGETHER AFTER A MESSY SEPARATION FROM HER HUSBAND BRANDON.

WHAT CHOICE DID I HAVE, EXACTLY?

ARGUING OVER CUSTODY OF THEIR 2-YEAR-OLD SON JEREMIAH, THINGS ARE TURNING UGLY.

WHAT DO YOU THINK A JUDGE WOULD SAY ABOUT THAT?

A JUDGE?

♪♪ Nichols: SHE WAS AT THAT BREAKING POINT AND DIVORCED.

SHE JUST DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT ALONE.

SHE DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE THESE KIDS ALONE.

AND SHE WANTED A HUSBAND. SHE WANTED A FAMILY.

Narrator: BUT BRANDON IS NOW ENGAGED TO SOMEONE ELSE.

EAGER FOR DISTRACTION, NICOLE CONTACTS JONATHAN, A LOCAL GUY SHE MET ONLINE.

♪♪ I THINK I CAN MAKE THIS ONE. YEAH.

NICOLE'S BEST FRIEND KARI, WHO WOULD NORMALLY COME ALONG, CAN'T MAKE IT TONIGHT.

BUT NICOLE STAYS IN TOUCH.

OHHH. OHHH, SO CLOSE.

Webb: SHE SENT ME A TEXT, I THINK IT WAS MAYBE 10:00 OR 11:00, SAYING THAT SHE WAS HAVING A REALLY GOOD TIME AND THAT I SHOULD HAVE CAME.

AND THAT I WAS MISSING OUT.

Narrator: BUT TONIGHT ANOTHER GIRL THAT JONATHAN HAS DATED IN THE PAST IS DISTRACTING HIM FROM HIS GAME.

Martino: THEY WEREN'T EXACTLY IN A RELATIONSHIP.

IT WAS MORE ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE JONATHAN WANTED TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP BUT SHE WASN'T READY FOR IT.

SO SHE SHOWED UP WITH A NEW GUY, AND THAT KIND OF TRIGGERED JONATHAN INTO A BAD MOOD.

JON?

SO AT ONE POINT OF THE NIGHT, NICOLE WAS BY HERSELF, AND YOU COULD TELL SHE WAS UPSET.

JON WAS IGNORING HER.

YO, BRO, STAY OFF MAN.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHO I AM. YOU UNDERSTAND?

I'LL KNOCK YOU OUT IN THIS BAR RIGHT NOW.

DON'T PLAY ANY GAMES WITH ME, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?

AFTER JON THREW THE BEER BOTTLE, I JUST KIND OF LOOKED AT HIM AND WAS I LIKE, "MAN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

LIKE, YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T DO THAT."

HE APOLOGIZED, AND YOU COULD TELL HE WAS UPSET AND HE'S JUST LIKE, "I'M SORRY."

♪♪ I'M SORRY, GIRL. CAN I GET YOU SOMETHING TO DRINK?

Nicole: SURE.

♪♪ Hi. This is Nicole. Leave a message.

Narrator: THE NEXT MORNING, KARI AND JILL EXPECT NICOLE TO GET UP EARLY TO LOOK AFTER JEREMIAH AND TO LEAVE FOR WORK.

PLEASE?

Nichols: IT WAS LIKE 5:00, 6:00 IN THE MORNING, AND KARI CAME IN THE ROOM.

SHE SAYS, "JILL, YOU KNOW, NICOLE NEVER CAME HOME LAST NIGHT."

AND I SAID, "OH, THAT'S WEIRD.

AND SHE DIDN'T EVEN CALL."

MELISA, IS NICOLE WITH YOU?

Melisa: SO I GOT UP AND ANSWERED THE PHONE.

"HAVE YOU HEARD FROM NICOLE?"

AND I SAID, "NO, I HAVEN'T."

"SHE WENT OUT LAST NIGHT."

I'M WORRIED. I'M REAL WORRIED.

Narrator: BY MIDDAY, NICOLE HASN'T SHOWN UP AT HOME OR AT WORK.

Webb: SHE WOULD HAVE NEVER LEFT HER BOYS, AND SHE WOULD HAVE NEVER NOT WENT TO WORK.

SHE JUST WAS NOT THAT TYPE OF PERSON.

PLEASE BE OKAY.

SHE HAD PRIORITIES AND SHE KNEW SHE HAD TO TAKE CARE OF HER CHILDREN.

Narrator: MELISA CALLS AROUND THE LOCAL HOSPITALS.

JUST PLEASE GIVE US A CALL BACK IF YOU HEAR ANYTHING.

AND THERE WAS NOBODY THERE BY HER NAME.

Narrator: AS DARKNESS SETTLES AND THERE IS STILL NO SIGN OF NICOLE, JILL CALLS ORTING POLICE.

NO, SHE WOULD NOT LEAVE HER KIDS AND SHE WOULD NOT TURN UP AT WORK, NOT EVER.

Nichols: THEY'RE LIKE, "SHE'S AN ADULT.

SHE'S ALLOWED TO BE MISSING."

AND I SAID, "NO, THIS ISN'T LIKE MY GIRLS.

MY GIRLS CALL.

THEY WOULD TEXT ME.

ESPECIALLY HER KIDS.

SHE WOULD NOT LEAVE HER KIDS LIKE THAT."

♪♪ Narrator: KARI, KNOWING THAT NICOLE WAS WITH JONATHAN AT JEEPERS THE NIGHT BEFORE, HEADS OVER THERE WITH MELISA.

HEY, WELCOME BACK.

Y'ALL HAVE A GOOD TIME LAST NIGHT?

OH, NO, NO, NO, THAT WAS MY SISTER, NICOLE.

PEOPLE GET US MIXED UP SOMETIMES.

LISTEN, THE REASON THAT WE'RE HERE IS SHE DIDN'T COME HOME LAST NIGHT.

AND WE HAVEN'T HEARD FROM HER.

AND I KNOW SHE WAS HERE WITH SOMEONE.

JON -- JONATHAN HARRISON OR HARRIS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

YEAH, HE WORKS HERE AS A BOUNCER SOMETIMES.

WOULD YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE HIS NUMBER OR ADDRESS?

NO, I DON'T.

BUT MATT, OUR HEAD BOUNCER, HE'LL KNOW IT.

OKAY, THANKS.

YEAH, NO PROBLEM.

Martino: I'M GETTING READY TO GO TO BED, AND I GET A TEXT MESSAGE FROM OUR BAR OWNER ASKING ME, "HEY, DO YOU REMEMBER THIS GIRL AT THE BAR LAST NIGHT?

SHE WAS SUPPOSEDLY THERE BUT NOBODY'S SEEN HER SINCE."

I REMEMBER SENDING JON'S PHONE INFORMATION AND HIS ADDRESS.

Narrator: NICOLE'S FAMILY CALLS JONATHAN, BUT HE DOESN'T RESPOND.

JILL, RACKED WITH WORRY, DRIVES OVER TO HIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

Melisa: MY MOM WENT UP THERE AND I TOLD HER NOT TO GO TO THE DOOR BECAUSE IT WAS DARK OUT AND YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON.

Narrator: JILL DRIVES AROUND, HOPING TO GET A SIGHTING OF NICOLE'S CAR.

Nichols: JUST DRIVING UP AND DOWN THAT STREET, LOOKING FOR A LITTLE RED CAR ANYWHERE AND HOPING THAT IT'LL BE SOMEWHERE AND MAYBE IT BROKE DOWN.

I DROVE UP AND DOWN THAT ROAD AT LEAST THREE TIMES AND NEVER SAW THE CAR THERE.

♪♪

♪♪ Narrator: THE NEXT MORNING, HOPING TO FIND ANYTHING THAT COULD LEAD TO HER DAUGHTER, JILL RETURNS AND THIS TIME HEADS STRAIGHT TO JONATHAN'S HOUSE.

♪♪

♪♪ HEY, EXCUSE ME. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

I SAID, "WELL, MY DAUGHTER WENT OUT WITH YOUR SON LAST NIGHT AND SHE DIDN'T COME HOME."

NICOLE WHITE -- HAVE YOU HEARD OF HER?

NO, I DON'T KNOW ANY NICOLE.

I SAID, "WELL, CAN YOU GET YOUR SON UP?"

SHE SAYS, "NO, HE'S ASLEEP."

AND I SAID, "NO, YOU'RE GOING TO GET YOUR SON UP AND HAVE HIM COME OUT HERE AND TALK TO ME."

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY MOM, OKAY?

THE FACT IS YOUR DAUGHTER DITCHED ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED.

THAT'S NOT NICOLE. THAT'S NOT MY DAUGHTER.

SHE IS KIND AND SHE IS CARING. THAT IS NOT MY DAUGHTER.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

THAT'S THE END OF THE STORY. GO HOME.

AND I STARTED WALKING BACKWARDS AND I'M LIKE, "THIS AIN'T RIGHT. THIS AIN'T RIGHT."

Mrs. Harrison: SO I'M REALLY SORRY ABOUT YOUR DAUGHTER BUT YOU NEED TO GET OFF MY PROPERTY, GET IN YOUR CAR, AND GO HOME, OKAY?

I'LL BE BACK.

♪♪

♪♪ Narrator: LATER THAT DAY, SEVEN MILES OUTSIDE OF ORTING, A COUPLE TAKING A LATE-MORNING STROLL SPOT SOMETHING UNUSUAL.

A CAR IS PARKED AT AN ODD ANGLE OFF THE ROAD.

AND IT HAS NO LICENSE PLATES.

THEY REPORT IT TO THE POLICE, WHO MATCH IT TO THE DESCRIPTION THEY HAVE OF NICOLE'S CAR.

AND THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE HARDEST PART.

THAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF MY WHOLE LIFE.

Narrator: SINGLE MOM NICOLE WHITE HASN'T BEEN SEEN FOR OVER 24 HOURS.

GO HOME.

AND ONCE HER CAR IS FOUND ABANDONED IN THE WOODS, POLICE PAY ATTENTION.

THE CASE IS PASSED ON TO PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

I WAS AT MY OFFICE DOWNTOWN AND MY LIEUTENANT CAME INTO MY OFFICE AND SAID WE HAD A MISSING PERSON'S REPORT YESTERDAY BY ORTING POLICE.

THEY THINK THEY'VE LOCATED THAT PERSON'S CAR OFF OF THE ROADWAY AND HE WANTED ME TO GO OUT AND ASSESS IT.

♪♪ HANDLE THE WITNESSES THERE, WOULD YOU?

THERE WERE NO SKID MARKS COMING DOWN THE HILL TOWARD WHERE IT WOULD HAVE WRECKED.

THERE WAS NO DISTURBED GRAVEL REALLY, JUST THAT THIS VEHICLE WAS WEDGED BETWEEN THESE TREES.

AND I SAW A RUB MARK ON A SAPLING, ON A TREE AND IT WAS THE APPROXIMATE HEIGHT OF THE REAR BUMPER AND THEN I WENT BACK TO THE REAR BUMPER AND SAW A CORRESPONDING RUB MARK FROM THAT TREE.

SO IN FACT THE CAR HAD BEEN BACKED UP AND THEN FORCED FORWARD AGAIN INTO THOSE TREES AND STUCK BETWEEN THEM.

MY FIRST IMPRESSION WHEN I SAW IT WAS THAT IT WAS A STAGED ACCIDENT.

SOMEONE TRIED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE IT WENT OFF THE ROADWAY.

Narrator: THERE ARE NO KEYS IN THE CAR AND ONLY A CELLPHONE CASE.

THE MOST PRESSING QUESTION NOW IS WHERE IS NICOLE?

♪♪ AND THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE HARDEST PART.

THAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF MY WHOLE LIFE.

THE CAR WAS THERE...

[ SNIFFLES ]

...AND NICOLE WASN'T.

LaLiberte: ESPECIALLY IN A MISSING PERSON'S WHERE WE -- WE REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING BAD HAS HAPPENED, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

IF SOMEONE IS KIDNAPPED, YOU WANNA FIND THAT PERSON IMMEDIATELY.

AS QUICK AS YOU CAN.

Nichols: SO WE DECIDED THAT WE JUST START WALKING THE DISTANCE AND SEE IF SHE WAS WALKING HOME.

MAYBE SHE GOT HIT BY A CAR AND MAYBE HER BODY IS FLOWN OVER A DITCH SOMEWHERE.

Narrator: DETECTIVE LaLIBERTE IMMEDIATELY CALLS FOR SUPPORT FROM THE K9 UNIT.

LaLiberte: THERE WERE TWO SCENARIOS IN MY HEAD.

ONE WAS THAT SHE WAS KIDNAPPED AND BEING KEPT SOMEWHERE OR THAT SHE HAD ALREADY BEEN KILLED AND DUMPED SOMEWHERE.

[ DOG BARKS ]

♪♪

[ CHILS SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY ]

YEAH? HOLD THIS ONE HERE. HELLO?

DON'T LOOK SO SURPRISED.

YEAH, SURE.

Narrator: BRANDON WHITE, NICOLE'S ESTRANGED HUSBAND HAS ARRIVED IN ORTING FROM ALASKA.

AND I WAS LOOKING AT HIM, AND I NOTICED HIS TOOTH WAS MISSING AND THEN I NOTICED A BIG OLD SCAB.

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR FACE?

I FELL AT WORK, OKAY?

IT HAPPENS RIGHT, WHY?

AND I JUST GOT THE CREEPS.

WELL, I KNOW THAT HE WAS INTO GUNS, I KNOW THAT HE IS INTO KILLING ANIMALS.

THINGS WERE JUST GOING THROUGH MY HEAD THAT THIS IS THE HUSBAND THAT'S GONNA HAVE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT, MAY NOT SEE HIS SON EVERY DAY.

WHO KNOWS HOW HE'S GONNA ACT? I DON'T KNOW.

AND I WAS LIKE, "WELL, LET'S TAKE SOME FAMILY PICTURES, YOU GUYS."

Narrator: BUT JILL'S PHOTO IS NOT MEANT FOR A PERSONAL KEEPSAKE.

IT IS TO CAPTURE EVIDENCE OF BRANDON'S INJURIES.

LaLiberte: OBVIOUSLY, HIM SHOWING UP WITH CUTS AND THAT HE IS AN ESTRANGED HUSBAND, THEY DON'T GET ALONG, THEY'RE GOING TO DIVORCE.

USUALLY AN IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER IS PRETTY HIGH ON THE SUSPECT LIST.

PERFECT SMILE.

[ CELLPHONE CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS ]

Narrator: AFTER RECEIVING THE PHOTOGRAPH, DETECTIVE LaLIBERTE INSTRUCTS INVESTIGATORS TO FIND OUT WHERE BRANDON WAS WHEN NICOLE DISAPPEARED.

[ SIREN WAILS ]

[ INDISTINCT POLICE RADIO CHATTER ]

WHILE INVESTIGATORS CHECK OUT BRANDON'S RECENT MOVEMENTS, LaLIBERTE TURNS HIS ATTENTION TO JONATHAN HARRIS, THE MAN NICOLE WAS ON A DATE WITH THE NIGHT SHE VANISHED.

OKAY, JONATHAN, WHY DON'T YOU WALK ME THROUGH THIS AGAIN, WOULD YOU?

JONATHAN EXPANDS ON THE SAME STORY THAT HE TOLD JILL.

WHILE NICOLE IS DRIVING HIM HOME FROM JEEPERS THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARS, THEY STOP AT A CONVENIENCE STORE.

WHEN I CAME OUT OF THE WASHROOM, SHE WAS GONE.

SHE DITCHED ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

YOU MUST HAVE BEEN CONCERNED. DID YOU CALL HER?

YES, OBVIOUSLY.

LaLiberte: HE WOULD SQUIRM IN HIS CHAIR, HE WOULD BECOME SHORTER WITH HIS ANSWERS AND AGAIN HIS FACE WOULD FLUSH.

AND HE WOULD KIND OF LOOK TO HIS MOTHER FOR REASSURANCE.

AND YOU USED WHAT, YOUR CELLPHONE?

YES, WELL, NO.

I WANTED TO BUT THEN MY BATTERIES WERE DEAD.

SO THEN I HAD TO USE THE PAY PHONE.

Narrator: MRS. HARRIS, WHO HAS BEEN ASKED NOT TO SPEAK WHILE THEY'RE INTERVIEWING, NOTICES HER SON'S DISCOMFORT.

HOW DID YOU PAY FOR THE CALL?

I DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD, SO THEN I HAD CHANGE, SO THEN I TOOK JUST LIKE NICKELS AND DIMES AND PUT THEM IN AND I USED A PAY PHONE.

HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY EXACTLY? I DON'T KNOW.

IT'S A REGULAR PAY PHONE, 25 CENTS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

♪♪ LaLiberte: I'M WONDERING WHAT HER THOUGHTS ARE.

IS SHE STARTING TO SUSPECT JONATHAN AS WELL OR IS SHE TRYING TO GET ME NOT TO ASK HIM HARD QUESTIONS ANY MORE?

ALL RIGHT, JONATHAN, I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION FOR YOU, LAST ONE.

THE STORE... UH-HUH.

...WHICH ONE WAS IT? THE STORE.

WHICH IS? BE MORE SPECIFIC WITH ME.

THE STORE, THE STORE BY JEEPERS, GO BY JEEPERS AND THEN GO TO THE CORNER, IT'S THE STORE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, MRS. HARRIS.

LaLiberte: WE COULD SMELL SORT OF A CLEANING SMELL AROUND JONATHAN'S PICKUP.

YOU SMELL THAT, RIGHT?

♪♪ LET'S GET THE TRUCK IN, SEE WHAT'S GOING ON THERE.

OUR SUSPICION WAS IF WE'RE SMELLING CLEANING AGENTS ON THE TRUCK THAT MAYBE JONATHAN HAD CLEANED THE TRUCK UP IN AN ATTEMPT TO HIDE EVIDENCE.

Narrator: NICOLE HAS NOW BEEN MISSING FOR OVER 48 HOURS.

A POND NEAR THE SITE WHERE HER CAR WAS FOUND HAS BEEN DRAINED BUT REVEALS NO CLUES.

POLICE DOGS CONTINUE TO SEARCH.

WE WOULD HAVE HEARD FROM HER UNLESS SOMEONE, YOU KNOW, HAD HER TRAPPED SOMEWHERE.

Nichols: MAYBE SHE'S BEING HELD, KIDNAPPED.

WE JUST KEPT SEARCHING AND SEARCHING AND SEARCHING.

AND LIKE, I KEPT THINKING STORAGE UNITS, MAYBE SHE'S IN A STORAGE UNIT.

MAYBE YOU KNOW, JUST ALL KINDS OF THINGS GOING THROUGH MY MIND.

[ INSECTS CHIRPING ]

Narrator: AND THERE'S BEEN A DEVELOPMENT.

BRANDON HAS LEFT TOWN AND HE'S TAKEN JEREMIAH WITH HIM.

Nieto: WHY ISN'T HE HELPING US?

WHY IS HE SO DISTANT FROM US?

BASICALLY HE CAME, GOT JEREMIAH, AND LEFT.

♪♪

Narrator: IT'S BEEN THREE DAYS SINCE NICOLE WHITE VANISHED.

SHE DITCHED ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

AS POLICE CHECK INTO JONATHAN HARRIS, THE LAST PERSON SEEN WITH NICOLE...

DID YOU CALL HER?

...HER ESTRANGED HUSBAND, BRANDON WHITE, LEAVES TOWN WITH THEIR SON.

I THINK I WAS MORE OF JUST TRYING NOT TO GIVE UP HOPE ON EVERYTHING.

LIKE, SHE'S GONNA BE OKAY.

KEEPING ALL THE BAD WHAT-IFS IN THE BACK OF MY MIND, TRYING NOT TO LET IT BE REAL.

♪♪ Narrator: WITH FEARS FOR NICOLE'S SAFETY MOUNTING, THE CASE IS REFERRED TO LEAD DETECTIVE JOHN DELGADO AS A POSSIBLE HOMICIDE.

IF IT'S AN ADULT, I WANNA KNOW WHO THEY'RE IN A DATING RELATIONSHIP.

USUALLY IT'S TIED TO SOMEONE THEY'RE DATING OR MARRIED TO.

Narrator: SECURITY FOOTAGE FROM JEEPERS THE NIGHT NICOLE DISAPPEARED SHOWS HER INSIDE THE BAR WITH JONATHAN.

BUT THERE ARE NO CAMERAS ON THE EXTERIOR.

SO OUTSIDE THE BAR, WE HAVE NO PROOF THAT THEY EVEN LEFT TOGETHER.

YEAH. DEAD END.

NOTHING.

DELGADO REQUESTS NICOLE'S CELLPHONE RECORDS...

...BUT DUE TO AN UNPAID BILL, NICOLE'S PHONE WAS CUT OFF THAT NIGHT.

NO, YOU'RE KIDDING ME.

SO SHE LEAVES JEEPERS, SHE'S UNTRACEABLE.

TOTALLY OFF GRID.

BUT DELGADO WANTS TO CHECK OUT THE STORE WHERE JONATHAN CLAIMS TO HAVE CALLED NICOLE FROM A PAY PHONE AFTER SHE DISAPPEARED.

WE'RE AWARE THERE'S NO PAY PHONES IN THE AREA, SO WE SENT A DEPUTY THERE TO CONFIRM THAT THERE WAS NO PAY PHONE.

THERE WAS NOT A PAY PHONE AND THEY REVIEWED THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE TAPE FOR THAT EVENING.

SEVERAL HOURS AND JONATHAN AND NICOLE WERE NEVER SEEN ON THAT VIDEO.

THE NEXT DAY, DETECTIVE DELGADO DISCOVERS THAT JONATHAN'S TRUCK HAS AN UNUSUAL FEATURE.

14 MONTHS EARLIER, WHEN JONATHAN WAS CONVICTED OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, IT HAD BEEN FITTED WITH A DEVICE.

Delgado: SO EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE OR START YOUR VEHICLE UP, YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE A BREATH SAMPLE AND THEN IT CAN RANDOMLY ASK YOU FOR ANOTHER BREATH SAMPLE WHILE YOU'RE DRIVING.

Narrator: BUT THAT'S NOT ALL THE DEVICE CAN DO.

LaLiberte: WE LEARNED THAT IT WOULD PRODUCE PHOTOS OF JONATHAN AS HE BLEW INTO THE DEVICE AND IT WOULD ALSO GIVE DATES AND TIMES, AND THAT WAS GONNA BE VERY HELPFUL FOR INVESTIGATION.

♪♪ LOOKS LIKE HE'S OUTSIDE HIS HOUSE.

THIS ONE, IT'S A DENSE WOODLAND.

WE HAD NO IDEA WHERE THAT WAS GONNA BE.

THE AREAS AROUND WHERE JONATHAN LIVED AND AREAS THAT WE KNEW THAT HE FREQUENTED BY TALKING TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN THE PAST THAT IT WAS A NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK.

WE HAD NO IDEA WHERE SHE WAS GONNA BE.

Narrator: DELGADO'S NEXT STEP IS TO INTERVIEW JONATHAN'S FRIEND WHO APPEARED IN JEEPERS THE NIGHT NICOLE DISAPPEARED.

SHE TELLS DELGADO THAT DRIVING PAST A MILITARY BASE ONE NIGHT, JONATHAN SAID SOMETHING VERY STRANGE.

ON THE WAY HOME, HE MADE THE COMMENT SEVERAL TIMES, "THAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT PLACE TO BURY A BODY."

I SAID, "WILL YOU TAKE ME OUT TO WHERE YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT?"

Narrator: DELGADO DRIVES TO THE MILITARY BASE WITH THE GIRLFRIEND.

♪♪ Delgado: AND AS SOON AS WE GOT OFF THE PAVED ROAD THERE, ABOUT 200 METERS INTO THE WOODS, AND THEN I SMELLED DECOMPOSITION.

I WAS WORKING INTO THE WIND, TRYING TO BE DOWNWIND OF THE SMELL SO I COULD WORK MY WAY TO WHERE THIS STRONG ODOR WAS COMING FROM.

♪♪ AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE A DOMESTIC DOG.

Webb: I WAS FREAKING OUT AND EVERYONE'S SEARCHING.

I'M JUST HAVING A MELTDOWN LIKE, "WHERE IS SHE?

WHY DIDN'T I GO WITH HER?

IF I WOULD HAVE WENT WITH HER, YOU KNOW, SHE'D BE HOME."

ABSOLUTELY. OF COURSE.

MM-HMM. AND THIS WAS THE DAY AFTER?

Narrator: FOLLOWING POLICE INQUIRIES, BRANDON WHITE'S EMPLOYER IN ALASKA CONFIRMS THAT HE WAS AT WORK WHEN NICOLE DISAPPEARED.

THANK YOU, SIR, I APPRECIATE YOUR HELP.

WHEN DID HE FLY DOWN FROM ALASKA?

THE DAY AFTER NICOLE WENT MISSING.

HIS ALIBI CHECKED OUT.

HE WAS IN ALASKA AT THE TIME THAT NICOLE WENT MISSING, SO HE WAS NO LONGER A SUSPECT.

Narrator: ELIMINATED FROM INQUIRIES, BRANDON COMFORTS HIS SON DURING HIS MOTHER'S DISAPPEARANCE.

ALL RIGHT. LET'S GO.

LaLiberte: WE WERE ALSO, AT THE SAME POINT, THINKING THE LIKELIHOOD OF US FINDING HER ALIVE WAS LESS AS THE DAYS GO ON.

Narrator: WITH HER EX IN THE CLEAR, JONATHAN HARRIS IS NOW THE ONLY PERSON OF INTEREST BUT THERE IS STILL NO CONCRETE EVIDENCE TO CONNECT HIM TO NICOLE'S DISAPPEARANCE.

ARMED WITH A SEARCH WARRANT, DETECTIVE DELGADO WANTS TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT HIS HOUSE.

MA'AM, WE'D APPRECIATE SOME SPACE HERE.

OKAY, WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? I JUST TALKED TO MY ATTORNEY, AND HE SAYS THAT I DON'T NEED TO ANSWER ANY MORE QUESTIONS AND NEITHER DOES MY SON.

I UNDERSTAND BUT WE'LL DEAL WITH ALL OF THAT LATER.

OKAY, LET'S GO.

♪♪ USING THE CHEMICAL LUMINOL, WHICH REACTS TO BLOOD, STAINS ARE REVEALED IN JONATHAN'S CARPET THAT ARE NOT VISIBLE TO THE HUMAN EYE.

LaLiberte: THE ROOM GLOWED, SHOWING WHERE BLOOD HAD BEEN IN JONATHAN HARRIS' ROOM.

THAT WAS A REVELATION, SEEING THE AMOUNT OF BLOOD THAT WAS ON THE CARPET THAT WE COULDN'T SEE WITH THE NAKED EYE.

BRING IT UP.

COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THERE WAS SO MUCH BLOOD?

I DON'T KNOW. IT WAS THE DOG.

THE DOG'S BRINGING IN RABBITS AND STUFF, IT BROUGHT IN A RABBIT THE OTHER DAY AND THERE WAS BLOOD ALL OVER THE PLACE.

OKAY.

Narrator: WITH ADDITIONAL FBI RESOURCES, THE TEAM BROADENS THE SEARCH TO A DETACHED GARAGE AT THE REAR OF THE HOUSE.

♪♪ ALL RIGHT, IT LOOKS LIKE THE DOG HAS ALERTED TO SOMETHING HERE.

JUST BRING HIM OVER HERE.

ALL RIGHT, IT LOOKS LIKE AN ITEM OF CLOTHING.

GOT A BLACK SWEATER.

FEELS WET.

THE SWEATER MATCHES THE ONE THAT JONATHAN WAS WEARING IN THE JEEPERS SECURITY FOOTAGE THE NIGHT NICOLE DISAPPEARED.

LOOKS LIKE THE DOG'S ON TO SOMETHING ELSE.

JUST BRING HIM OVER.

ALL RIGHT.

OH, I GOT A WHITE UNDERSHIRT COVERED IN BLOOD.

BUT INVESTIGATORS CAN'T ARREST JONATHAN WITHOUT KNOWING WHOSE BLOOD IT IS.

♪♪

♪♪ COME TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

DURING THE SEARCH OF THE DETACHED GARAGE, THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF ROUNDS.

IS THIS ALL LIVE AMMO? SEEMS THAT WAY.

Narrator: POLICE DISCOVER THAT THE AMMUNITION WAS MANUFACTURED OUT OF STATE.

THERE'S FEDERAL CHARGES IF YOU BRING AMMUNITION THAT WAS MANUFACTURED IN ANOTHER STATE ACROSS STATE LINES.

JONATHAN, DON'T SAY ANYTHING.

I TALKED TO THE ATTORNEY AND THEY SAID NOT TO SAY ANYTHING.

MOM, I KNOW.

LaLiberte: SO IN THAT PROCESS, THEY CHARGED HIM WITH POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION AND KEPT HIM IN THE FEDERAL DETENTION CENTER WHILE WE WERE ABLE TO PROCESS THE BLOOD.

♪♪ THE PROBLEM NOW IS WE HAD NO BODY.

Narrator: DEVOTED MOM NICOLE WHITE HAS BEEN MISSING FOR SEVEN DAYS.

COME TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

WITH JONATHAN HARRIS IN CUSTODY FOR ARMS CHARGES, POLICE ARE DESPERATE FOR HARD EVIDENCE THAT COULD CONNECT HIM TO HER DISAPPEARANCE.

THEN YOU START TO THINK, IS THIS GONNA GO ON FOR YEARS?

ARE WE NEVER GONNA FIND HER?

♪♪ SO I WAS RUNNING OUT OF LEADS ON MY INVESTIGATION.

SO I MADE MYSELF GO BACK AND I WAS LOOKING AT THE PICTURES OF JONATHAN HARRIS WHEN HE BLEW INTO THE IGNITION AIRLOCK DEVICE.

I COULD TELL ONE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS WAS AT HIS HOUSE, BUT THE OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS WERE SOMEWHERE WHERE THE WOODS WERE VERY DENSE.

Narrator: DELGADO CALLS MATT MARTINO, THE HEAD BOUNCER AT JEEPERS TO SEE IF HE CAN LEAD THEM TO THE WOODLAND IN THE BACKGROUND OF ONE OF THE PHOTOS.

THEY ASKED ME IF JON WERE TO DO SOMETHING HORRIBLE LIKE THIS, WHERE WOULD HE HIDE A BODY AT?

AND KNOWING JON AND KNOWING WHO HE WAS, I KNEW THE AREAS HE LIKED TO GO TO.

HE USED TO LIKE TO GO TO AN AREA DOWN SOUTH CALLED LAKE KAPOWSIN.

Narrator: DELGADO ORDERS ANOTHER EXAMINATION OF JONATHAN'S CELLPHONE DATA.

THERE IS ONE PING IN THE AREA THAT MATT MARTINO POINTED THEM TO.

THE TEAM IS ABLE TO NARROW THE SEARCH TO FIVE MILES AROUND THAT POINT.

SO WE WORKED JOINTLY WITH THE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM TO SEARCH WITH A CADAVER DOG TO TRY AND LOCATE NICOLE.

Narrator: FOR FIVE DAYS, SEARCH AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS SCOUR THE AREA.

IT WAS FATHER'S DAY NIGHT, AND I REMEMBER HEARING HELICOPTERS.

[ HELICOPTERS WHIRRING ]

KEPT HEARING THEM. "GOD, THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON.

THOSE HELICOPTERS ARE JUST EVERYWHERE."

[ DOG BARKS ]

[ INDISTINCT POLICE RADIO CHATTER ]

♪♪

♪♪ Narrator: A DISTINCTIVE HEART-SHAPED TATTOO CONFIRMS THAT THE BODY THEY FIND IN A DITCH IS NICOLE WHITE'S.

♪♪ Nichols: EVEN THOUGH THEY FOUND HER DEAD, I WAS JUST SO THANKFUL THAT THEY FOUND HER AND MY WHOLE BODY COLLAPSED.

I WAS JUST LIKE, "OH, MY GOD. MY NIGHTMARE IS OVER."

BUT THEN, THERE'S A NEW NIGHTMARE STARTING...

YOU KNOW?

[ INDISTINCT POLICE RADIO CHATTER ]

Narrator: THE AUTOPSY REVEALS THAT NICOLE HAD BEEN BEATEN AROUND HER FACE, NECK, AND CHEST UNTIL SHE STOPPED BREATHING.

I THINK THE HARDEST PART WHEN THEY TOLD ME EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED WAS THAT THEY SAID MOST LIKELY SHE DIDN'T DIE UNTIL THE VERY END.

SO SHE HAD TO SIT THROUGH ALL THAT PAIN OF HER WHOLE BODY BEING BROKEN.

♪♪ Narrator: WHEN TESTS ON THE ITEMS FOUND IN JONATHAN'S GARAGE CONFIRM A POSITIVE MATCH WITH NICOLE'S BLOOD, HE IS CHARGED WITH HER MURDER.

PIECING TOGETHER THE EVIDENCE, DETECTIVES BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER NICOLE LEAVES JEEPERS ON THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARS.

Delgado: NICOLE WAS TOO NICE. SHE'S A NICE PERSON.

SHE GAVE THIS BUM A RIDE HOME...

AND HE PROBABLY WANTED SOMETHING FROM NICOLE THAT SHE WASN'T WILLING TO GIVE HIM.

Narrator: JONATHAN'S MOTHER ISN'T HOME THAT NIGHT BUT A NEIGHBOR LATER REPORTS HEARING SOMETHING IN THE EARLY HOURS.

[ WOMAN SCREAMS ]

SHE HEARD ARGUING AND SCREAMING AND THEN SILENCE AND JUST FIGURED IT WAS THEM PARTYING BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN PARTIES THERE BEFORE.

SHE DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING OF IT.

Narrator: AFTER MURDERING NICOLE, JONATHAN DRIVES HER CAR TO THE WOODS AND DUMPS HER BODY.

HE THEN DRIVES THE CAR AWAY, STAGES THE ACCIDENT.

AND WALKS HOME.

LATER THAT DAY, THE INTERLOCK DEVICE INSTALLED IN HIS TRUCK PHOTOGRAPHS HIM IN DENSE WOODLAND.

I BELIEVE JONATHAN WENT BACK OUT IN HIS TRUCK TO SEE IF, DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS, YOU COULD SEE NICOLE'S BODY FROM THE ROAD.

Narrator: ON OCTOBER 31, 2016, JONATHAN HARRIS IS CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND SENTENCED TO 26 YEARS IN PRISON.

♪♪ Nichols: SIX MONTH AFTER SHE DIED, I WENT THROUGH HER STUFF AND I WAS TRYING TO FIND CHRISTMAS STUFF TO PUT OUT, AND I FOUND 86 CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

HER COUSINS, HER NEPHEWS.

'CAUSE THAT WAS NICOLE.

Nieto: SHE WAS THE ONE TO BRING THE FAMILY TOGETHER ON EVERY EVENT, EVERY PARTY.

EVERY LITTLE THING SHE LOVED TO CELEBRATE.

THAT'S WHAT I MISS THE MOST.

Narrator: BOTH SONS NOW LIVE HAPPILY WITH THEIR FATHERS, EVAN WITH IAN IN WASHINGTON AND JEREMIAH WITH BRANDON IN ALASKA.

Webb: SHE HAD NO FEAR, SHE HAD COURAGE.

SHE WAS GONNA DO HER OWN THING AND BE HER OWN PERSON.

I REALLY ADMIRED THAT ABOUT HER.

♪♪