2012-08-29 / For The Record

Reward still offered in Girard murder

Mother and unborn child
By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

They’ve got the cash, but no takers.

For 10 weeks, Burke County deputies have been trying to trade a “substantial” cash reward for information in the murder of Amy Ellison Nichols and her unborn child.

“We’ve got the money, but no one has come forward,” said Sgt. Dedric Smith, one of the numer- ous investigators working the case. “Not even an anonymous caller.”

On March 7, Nichols’ young daughters found her body on the living room floor of their Brigham Landing Road trailer. The 27-year-old mother of three had been fatally shot in the stomach.

According to Sgt. Smith, the father of the unborn child was recently identified through DNA testing, but his identity will not be released until an arrest is made and the case is heard in court.

So far, more than 20 people have been interviewed and a number of them have been polygraphed. The Burke County dive team has searched for the murder weapon twice without success.

“We need to solve this case,” Sgt. Smith said. “We need someone to talk.”


Call investigators or Sheriff Greg Coursey at 706-554-2133. The identity of callers will remain confidential, the sheriff said. While the amount of the award, which is funded through the Governor’s Office, has not been released, authorities say it is “sizable” and will be paid to anyone with information that will help arrest and convict the murderer. To contribute to the reward, call the sheriff’s office.

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