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Family of missing Oklahoma teenager desperate for clues

Molly Miller, 17, was last seen July 7. Her family is hoping her whereabouts are revealed through a Carter County case against the man last seen with her and her missing boyfriend, Colt Haynes.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: March 30, 2014
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The family of a missing Wilson teen hopes answers to her whereabouts are revealed in a court case against the man last seen with her.

Charges of endangering others while eluding a police officer were filed against James Conn Nipp, 22, of Overbrook. It’s the first public court filing that connects Nipp to Molly Miller, 17, and her boyfriend, Colt Haynes, 21, who last were seen July 7.

That evening, Nipp, driving a 2012 Honda Accord that wasn’t his, sped away from two Wilson police officers, who pursued him briefly. Using cellphone records, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed that Miller, Haynes and Nipp were in the car during the chase and were in Ardmore together before the pursuit.

A witness also described seeing a car leave a home about 9 that night, with Haynes in the front seat, Miller in the back seat and driven by a man matching Nipp’s description.

Nipp appeared in court Thursday on the eluding charge, which was filed in January, and waived his preliminary hearing. His next hearing is scheduled for April 23.

Brian Aspan, an attorney representing Nipp, declined to comment on any issue that hasn’t been filed by the district attorney’s office, including Miller and Haynes’ disappearance.

Miller and Haynes are considered endangered, said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton, who led the investigation into the car chase and the resulting eluding charge.

“We have not found any evidence that indicates they are lost, so foul play is highly suspected,” he said.

Other agencies assisting with the investigation into Miller and Haynes’ disappearance include the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation,, Wilson police, the Lone Grove Police Department, the Ardmore Police Department, the Carter County sheriff’s office, the Love County sheriff’s office, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and the U.S. Marshals Service, Hampton said.

What happened

The events of July 7 are starting to come to light. At 10:46 p.m. on that date, Nipp was driving recklessly in Wilson, spinning out and slinging rocks at two marked Wilson police vehicles, according to court records. The officers flipped on their emergency lights and sirens and began to pursue the car.

As the car traveled down State Highway 76 in Carter County, Nipp sped up, turned off his headlights and drove into the wrong lane, attempting to get away from the officers, the affidavit states. As he made a turn, gravel sprayed onto the police vehicles. The officers discontinued the pursuit in Love County, fearing for their safety.

The next morning, on July 8, Sabrina Graham reported her car stolen to the Lone Grove Police Department. Her car matched the description of the car in the chase.

Graham told the highway patrol and her insurance company that she loaned her car to Nipp and that he returned it 15 to 30 minutes before the police chase. But some of her neighbors, who were outside at that time, said it wasn’t true and the car didn’t arrive back at that time.

Graham said she went to sleep after Nipp returned her car and woke up the next morning to find it missing. But cellphone records reveal calls and text messages between her phone and Nipp’s mother and aunt throughout the night and into the early morning hours of July 8, the affidavit states.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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