Saturday, October 15, 2022

The Disappearance & Death of Megan Nichols

Megan Nichols (15) disappeared from her home in Fairfield, Illinois on July 3rd, 2014. In the months prior to her disappearance, Megan had been at odds with her mother, Kathy Jo. Megan had apparently been seeing an older guy behind her parents’ back, and Kathy Jo had taken away Megan’s phone after finding out that Megan had been texting him. However, according to Kathy Jo, Megan and she were in a much better place in July of 2014. Megan had her phone back, and Kathy Jo stated she believed Megan was no longer in contact with the older boyfriend.

On the morning of July 3rd, Kathy Jo and Megan planned to run errands together, but Megan stayed back after claiming that she wasn’t feeling well. Kathy Jo said that when she returned from the errands an hour later, Megan was gone. She left her phone in her bedroom—which had been completely reset—and a note for her mother that said, “I love you, but I will never be happy here. Don’t look for me.”

Over the next three years, there were many searches for Megan in Fairfield and many other surrounding areas that turned up nothing. Police initially classified Megan as a runaway but changed her status to endangered missing after years went by without any trace of Megan.

Finally, on December 26th, 2017, remains were found in a wooded area in Wayne County, Illinois. A month later, those remains were confirmed to be Megan’s. Despite the belief that Megan had runaway, it is likely that she never left the Wayne County area. 

Details surrounding Megan’s death remained quite mysterious. Initially, authorities did not release any details on how Megan died or if foul play was involved. There was speculation that the 18-year-old boyfriend she was dating at the time of her disappearance was involved, but it took years before that would finally be confirmed.

Then, during October 2020, an arrest was made in Megan's case. On October 6th, 2020, the boyfriend Brodey Murbarger (24) was taken into custody and indicted on six counts: three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of home invasion, and one count of concealment of homicidal death. It is believed that Murbarger suffocated and strangled Megan before burying her body.

Murbarger went to trial during October of 2022. During the court proceedings, the prosecution stated that messages between Megan and Murbarger indicated that Megan believed the two of them were going to run away together. However, Murbarger remained in town after Megan vanished. He claimed he had no knowledge of Megan's whereabouts, but her blood was found in his vehicle.
Additionally, Murbarger gave several inconsistent statements to several different people about what he was doing on the day Megan went missing. 

The trial lasted a little over a week before a jury found Murbarger guilty of Megan's murder. He was later sentenced to 50 years in prison. 


  1. There was an arrest made in this case, Brody Murbarger, 24. He has been charged with 1st degree murder. Strangulation/suffocation.

  2. I am so happy she will finally have justice served this was a heinous act of a young girl which an entire community has awaited for the perpetrator to be located and brought to atone for his actions, rest easy Megan they caught him

  3. God bless Megan. God bless Megan's family. God bless Brody's family. Prayers for Brody to save his immortal soul.

  4. You young girls need to get some da** brains. If he is more than two years older than you he is a leach and jerk. This girl walked right into her own demise by not obeying her mother. Too bad. Too sad.

    1. Joyce you are a disgusting human being. This girl was too young to understand what the result of her actions could be and I am sure it wasn't this. How many teenage girls do you know believe their mother or any adult is right? It's the thought processes of a child! Take your advice elsewhere.

    2. Being 2 years older than her isn't the issue here. I have seen women killed by partners younger than them, both as teenagers and adults. Also this guy could have done this to any partner, either Megan or someone older. Quit blaming her. She was a child. Her mum could have done more than seizing the phone. She should have sat her down, talked with her and tried to know this guy, when meeting him in person at a public place, noting the red flags and pointing them out to get daughter.

    3. It's not the daughter or her mom's fault either, it's the MURDERERs fault! What kind of world do you idiots live in? That poor girl just wanted to be loved, if only she looked right in front of her, she would have found it in her mother and community, that obviously loved her enough to search for her for years.... There is no handbook that anyone is given when they have children and no child is alike. That mother is going through pain that none of us can truly understand, I'm sure she blames herself everyday, she doesn't need some over opinionated
      wretch telling her what she did wrong. My prayers go out to her.


    Murbarger's indictments. Megan was strangled/suffocated.

  6. Rip Megan and prayers for her mother. She is a wonderful caring person and did everything she could to protect her, but this evil monster took her life that was just beginning as a young lady.Prayers to all the family.