Disappearance of Tiffany Daniels

Tiffany H. Daniels
A white woman with wavy blond hair seen from the chin up against a green background
An image of Daniels distributed in the wake of her disappearance
Born (1988-03-11) March 11, 1988 (age 29)
Dallas, Texas
Disappeared August 12, 2013 (aged 25)
Pensacola, Florida
Status Missing for 4 years, 2 months and 9 days
Residence Pensacola
Occupation Theatre technician
Employer Pensacola State College
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg)

At 4:43 p.m. on August 12, 2013, Tiffany Daniels (born March 11, 1988, Dallas, Texas [1]) left her job as a theater technician at Pensacola State College in Pensacola, Florida. She told her supervisor that she would not be returning for a few days, but did not say why. [2] Although she returned home briefly shortly afterwards, her housemate was busy with a telephone conversation and did not see her. She has not been seen since.

Because she had told her supervisor she would be taking time off, Daniels was not reported missing until the end of the week, after she had failed to return to work. Her friends and family were unaware of any plans she might have made that would explain her absence. Tiffany's housemate also reported that she had left unusually early for work that day after some strange activity even earlier that morning. [2]

A security camera on the Bob Sikes Bridge connecting Pensacola and Santa Rosa Island recorded her car crossing the bridge almost three hours after she had left work. Eight days after her disappearance, the vehicle was found at a parking lot in Pensacola Beach, along with her bicycle, purse and cell phone. Residents in the area said the car had only been there a few days, [3] and reported seeing an unidentified male around it. Two unidentified fingerprints were found on it, but a search of the surrounding beach area found no trace of Daniels.

Several theories have been put forth to account for Daniels's disappearance, ranging from foul play to an accidental drowning. Based on an anonymous tip and several reported sightings further west along Interstate 10, her family believes she was a victim of human trafficking and may still be alive somewhere. [4] The case was the subject of a 2016 episode of Investigation Discovery's Disappeared.

Background

A native of the Dallas area, Daniels distinguished herself in high school through her interest in art and by her outgoing personality. Her family, who described her as "free-spirited", say she could often lift the mood of those around her simply with her presence. She enjoyed painting, and eventually took a job at the Pensacola State College theater in Florida, where she painted sets. [5]

When she was not at work, she took advantage of Pensacola's cultural and natural attractions. In the city's downtown, near her job, she often attended, and organized, blues and swing dance parties. From her house, a short distance from the Bob Sikes bridge to Santa Rosa Island in the Gulf of Mexico, she often went hiking or biking in the dunes on short notice. A vegetarian, she had tattooed four images atop her feet showing a plant's growth and blooming. [5]

Despite her apparent satisfaction with her life, she had financial problems. Her parents said that by summer of 2013 they had noticed she had a pattern of paying the rent for a series of housemates who were either disinclined or unable to pay their share. In July of that year, after another one had moved out, she advertised on Craiglist for a new roommate. [5]

Gary Nichols, the 54-year-old father of one of her friends who was separating from his wife and wanted to live closer to his job, answered and moved in. Daniels' parents were uneasy about her sharing living quarters with a man more than twice her age, but he was able to pay his share of the bills, and the two had similar interests. He, too, liked bicycling and was a vegetarian. [5]

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