Teacher Missing Since 1985 Found Dead in Home Wall

A contractor working on a vacant home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., found the body of JoAnn Nichols.
1:47 | 07/03/13

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We have new information tonight and -- missing woman mystery from 1985 -- now -- a murder mystery the woman's remains discovered behind a wall in the home she shared with a husband. He died last year and now this discovery. Turning into quite a story a murder story in the Dutchess County city of Poughkeepsie here's I was whose work Carolyn -- Police say the remains were found in -- steel container behind a false wall in the basement of this Poughkeepsie home. And it looks like it was there for years tonight the medical examiner confirms. They belong to -- when Nichols who vanished in 1985. She was 55 years old. Poughkeepsie police had been looking for the missing elementary school teacher ever since. And neighbors we spoke to were scooped by this new information I didn't know him. I didn't know the family. I'm sorry for their loss a contractor cleaning out -- -- -- road home found the remains. The medical Examiner's office use dental records to identify them. To win Nichols shared this home with her husband James Nichols he reported her missing nearly three decades ago. He died of natural causes in December at 82 years old. Neighbors described mr. Nichols as an intense Porter and police confirm inside this home. Was quite a mess with -- lot of debris. That's really where -- brilliance to everything going on it probably didn't look at all the right areas. They just -- probably around the house and didn't really check walls she probably was around there somewhere -- -- said it. And late this Monday night investigators confirmed -- -- Nichols was murdered by blunt force trauma but no word on just two killed him. In Poughkeepsie on Catalina lead channel seven Eyewitness News.

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