A Grand Jury has handed down an indictment for Murder I and II in the death of Nichole M. Milsaps, who's remains were found early last month near Boretide Road in Indian.
34-year-old Simon D. Smith, who is incarcerated at Cook Inlet Pretrial on other charges, has long been a suspect in the disappearance of Milsaps who had been reported missing since 2010. Investigators sought to connect Smith to her disappearance and went as far as placing an informant in his cell as well as wiring his cell with a recording device to gain information about the disappearance of Milsaps while he was in jail on drug and firearms charges.
Smith’s state charges of drug and firearms charges were later dropped in favor of federal prosecution and Smith would later plead guilty to those federal charges.
Smith and Milsaps knew each other and had been dating for a month or two according to family. They characterize the relationship between Smith and Milsaps to be a violent one. It was also stated that Milsaps and Smith were meth users.
Milsaps’s remains were found by a hiker on Boretide Trail near Indian on February 9 of this year. Clothing found at the scene lead investigators to believe that the remains were that of Milsap and an autopsy confirmed the investigator’s suspicions.
The state is consulting with a forensic anthropologist in an effort to determine the cause of death.
Smith will be arraigned in Anchorage Court on Friday.