Investigators conduct excavation after receiving new information on 1996 disappearance

Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 1:46 PM CDT
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Police say investigators conducted an excavation after receiving a tip that the body of a woman who was reported missing in 1996 may have been buried under a Grand Forks home.

The excavation was conducted on Tuesday, August 9, at a home in the 1000 block of 1st Ave. N.

Police say it was related to a 1996 missing person report involving Kristi Nikle. Investigators received information that her body may have been buried near the foundation of the home when it was built. But police say no remains were found.

They say the tip came in from someone who may have worked on the construction site before the home was placed on the site. Police say there was continued concern about soil being moved before construction crews did.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Kristi Nikle is encouraged to contact the Grand Forks Police Department by one of the following methods:

Call: 701-787-8000

Online: Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook page or website

App: Submit a tip via the Tip411 app

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