Las Vegas, NV - Nichole Elizabeth Yegge, called “Nikki”, would have turned 18 on August 8, this coming Friday. But she won’t have a birthday party or a night out with friends this weekend, because she’s dead. Nichole’s body was found in a shallow grave in the desert outside Las Vegas last week, her teeth knocked out, her tattoos sliced off. On Sunday, Anne Osburn, 21, and Gabriel Yates, 31, were arrested for Nichole’s kidnapping and murder. Nichole’s life wasn’t all sunshine and roses in any event. At just 17, she was being pimped out by Yates and Osburn via Craigslist ads and little black book contacts. Her relationship with her charismatic pimp and his pretty young wife was rocky. Anne Osburn had just given birth on July 6 to Gabriel Yates’ baby daughter, and there were undercurrents of jealousy in the apartment where Nichole was living with the pair. Police say that both Nichole and Anne were involved in romantic relationships with Yates.
Nichole’s own family had reported her missing in June from her Henderson home. Her last Myspace update was on June 11, and it appears that before that time her life had been more normal. Teen angst, no doubt, and a fantasy of independence likely played into her decision to run away. Nichole was a Juggalette, an Insane Clown Posse devotee who painted her face in the Dark Carnival style made popular by the band. She wanted to be free, I’m sure, of parental restrictions. Whether she knew Osburn and Yates before she ran away is unclear. It’s certain that she had no clue what life on the run with the couple would bring.
On July 23, tensions in the pimpin’ apartment took a violent turn. During an argument, Yates hit Nichole, and she started to cry, but then got mad. Nichole told the couple that she was going to turn them in to the police for “pimping out an underage girl”. As she started for the door, Yates hit Nichole again and knocked her down. And then Anne Osburn choked the girl to death.
The couple then broke out all Nichole’s teeth, sliced off her tattoos, and shoved her body into a hockey bag. They took Nichole in her makeshift body bag to the desert, where Yates buried the runaway teenager in a shallow grave. Afterward, they took the teeth and tattooed skin pieces to a lake for disposal. Just like that, Nichole Elizabeth Yegge was gone. A tip from a friend of the couple’s was called in on July 28, and FBI investigators from as far away as Alabama spoke with people who knew Yates and Osburn. On Saturday, August 2, police followed Yates into the desert and found Nichole’s gravesite. The next day, Gabriel Yates and Anne Osburn were arrested.
Gabriel Wayne Yates and Anne Marie Osburn are each being held without bond at the Clark County Detention Center. They are each charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder, and are scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on Wednesday morning. No word on where their baby daughter is now. Here’s hoping her life turns out better than Nichole Yegge’s.Tags: Kidnapping, Las Vegas, Murder, pimp, Prostitution, runaway