- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2005

Richmond police are seeking information about a 57-year-old Illinois man who may be with a 17-year-old Richmond high school student who has been missing for more than a week.

Police think Monica Rose Sharp met Jeffery Nichols on the Internet and that she was going to meet him on Sept. 18, when she was last seen near her home in the Museum District.

“We believe she may be in the company of this individual,” Richmond Police Detective Ron Brown said yesterday.

“We are looking for her, and until we can get her back safely, we say she is possibly in danger.”

Police said the Belleville, Ill., man was driving a green four-door 1999 Oldsmobile Alero with Illinois license plates No. 6219015.

Anyone with information is asked to call 804/646-5100.

The case is unrelated to the disappearance of Virginia Commonwealth University student Taylor Behl, who has been missing since Sept. 5.

Monica was last seen walking her dog at about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 18.

“She did not return; the dog did,” said Richmond Police spokeswoman Cynthia Price, noting that the girl initially was classified as a runaway.

Her family has posted simple pink “Missing” fliers across Richmond.

Monica has a profile on MySpace, an online friend site popular among young people. The profile features several photos of Monica and two of her dog, Princess.

On the site, Monica described herself as “trustworthy” and seemed excited to be a high school senior.

Someone logged into Monica’s MySpace site on Sept. 20.

Her friends think it might have been Monica and are sending her online messages with pleas for her safe return.

“Where are u?” asks Samantha. “We all love u and want u home now.”

“I hope you’re okay,” writes one of Monica’s friends. “Please call someone so everyone knows you’re okay.”

Another friend started a separate site in hopes of finding Monica.

“For all of you who haven’t heard, Monica is missing,” the site states. “We miss you Moni.”

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