VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — For Lisa Woods, the anguish of not knowing where her child is for the past two weeks is devastating.

Her daughter, 17-year-old Nikki Kuhnhausen was staying at a friend’s apartment near Northeast 4th Plain and Brandt. She walked out the door on Wednesday, June 5, leaving all her things behind, and hasn’t been seen since.

“Nikki had my heart from the moment she was born,” Woods said. “She’s been my special child and she keeps me knowing I am worth something.”

An undated photo of Nikki Kunhnhausen. (Vancouver Police) 

Nikki left at 6 a.m. and got a ride from a man she knew who is believed to be in his 50s.

Woods and Nikki usually keep in touch several times a day by text or Facebook messages, so she knew something was wrong when Nikki didn’t respond starting that morning.

“This has been 2 weeks now,” Michelle Bart with NWCAVE said. “Everyone is concerned about her safety. We believe she is in danger.”

The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation put out hundreds of fliers in Vancouver, Hazel Dell (where Nikki is from) and the Portland area, where she would visit. 

Police have also posted Nikki’s information on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She’s listed under the name Nikolas Kuhnhausen — but she identifies as a woman. 

Nikki is 5-foot-8 and 120 pounds with dark hair. She has hazel eyes and a semicolon tattoo on one wrist as well as many scars on her legs, thumb, stomach, thigh and neck. 

If you see her or know where she is, call 911. If you have non-urgent information, contact Det. David Jensen at 

There is a Facebook group for the effort to find Nikki