“In a smaller community, it’s harder to disappear and be anonymous,” Smith said. “We’re hoping people who know him call police.”
“People are giving him advice” to surrender, Smith said, “and he might want to follow it.”
“That’s my boy, Travis,” she said.
“Every single time he gets out of jail, he doesn’t check in,” said Newell, who also complains that police are heavy-handed.
She said she doesn’t know where he is.
“If he’s smart, he’s hidden away, tucked away safe,” she said.
Port Angeles attorney Robert Vienneau, who says he knows Nicolaysen, says the fugitive does what he has to do to get by.
“Travis comes from a rough background, but he’s got a good heart,” Vienneau said.
An email to Nicolaysen from The Associated Press bounced back.
Phuong Le contributed to this story.
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