Delphine Nikal
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Age 15
Race White/First Nations
Sex Female
Location Smithers, British Columbia
Disappeared June 13, 1990
Missing for 30 years
Height 5'3”
Weight 110 - 134 pounds
Classification Suspected homicide

Delphine Anne Camelia Nikal (Born February 16, 1975) was a 15-year-old girl who disappeared while hitchhiking along Highway 16 in British Columbia. She is believed to have been a victim of the Highway of Tears murders.

Characteristics

  • Curly, shoulder-length hair that was either light brown or black.
  • Brown or hazel eyes.
  • Healthy teeth.
  • Light complexion.
  • Medium build.
  • Delphine's right index finger is fractured.
  • Two markings:
    • A scar on her right temple.
    • A purple birthmark on her neck.

Clothing and Belongings

  • Blue, bleached, denim Levis jacket with white pockets sewn on the inside.
  • White, cotton Ginny sweater.
  • Hot pink, denim pants that were knee-length and skin-tight.
  • White LA Gear running shoes.
  • A black, leather "pouch style" purse that has also been described as a "western-style shoulder handbag with fringes."
    • Inside her purse was hair spray, a hairbrush, pictures, makeup, and an address book.

Case

Delphine was living in Telkwa and was in her uncle's custody on June 13, 1990. Around 2:00 P.M., she informed him that she was off to meet up with three female friends in Smithers, roughly 16 kilometers away. She successfully hitchhiked to Smithers and met up with her friends. Around 10:00 P.M., Delphine called her uncle to inform him she was returning to Smithers. The last people to see Delphine were two of her friends, who saw her hitchhiking in the eastbound lane of Highway 16.

Delphine is one of eighteen teenagers and young women confirmed to have disappeared or been murdered while hitchhiking along this stretch of highway since the 1970s. Due to the similarities in these cases, investigators strongly suspect that Delphine's disappearance may be linked to a serial killer operating within the region at the time. Currently, the most likely suspect in her disappearance is American serial killer Bobby Jack Fowler. Fowler, who was active until 1995, frequently targeted female hitchhikers; his DNA was found on one of the murdered girls from BC in 2012, and he is the prime suspect in two other similar cases from the area.

Her cousin, Cecilia Nikal, went missing from British Columbia the year before. Their cases may be connected.

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