Although a San Antonio medical examiner ruled a beloved Texas mom took her own life, her loved ones are casting doubt on the findings and claim that she would have never killed herself, much less shot her two young daughters to death.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities found 37-year-old licensed cosmetologist Nichol Olsen shot to death inside a luxurious Boerne, Texas, mansion in the affluent Anaqua Springs neighborhood, that she lived in with her boyfriend, Charles Wheeler, and her two daughter.
Nichol’s daughters, identified as 16-year-old Alexa and 10-year-old London, were also found shot to death inside the residence. The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the girls’ deaths as homicides, while listing Nichol’s death as a suicide.
Her friends say no way.
“No one, not ONE person who knew Nichol, can tell you she was capable of killing her girls,” Nichols friend, Vanessa Cardona, told CrimeOnline.
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Wheeler reportedly told police he was away from home on the night the trio died, and stated he found them deceased when he returned to the residence. Authorities said he’s been cooperative in the investigation so far.
Cardona, however, said Wheeler was not at Nichol’s vigil and has not reached out to her family or friends, including Nichol’s oldest child, a surviving son. She also said Nichol didn’t talk to her friends as often after she moved in Wheeler.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar is apparently aware of the concerns, and told local station KSAT in San Antonio that the medical examiner’s results are considered “somewhat preliminary.” Authorities are awaiting a toxicology report on all three victims.
No one has yet been named as a suspect in the girls’ deaths. Salazar said authorities will continue to investigate and determine if Wheeler’s story checks out.
“We’re not going to stop investigating until we verify that. As I mentioned earlier, we talked about cellphone tower technology — that’s going to go a long way in showing, at least, where his cellphone and then GPS on his vehicle. It will tell us where those two items were, and then we’ll have to continue investigating to see if he was in possession of those two items.”
Wheeler, along with other witnesses, are considered persons of interest only at this time. Salazar did not elaborate on who the witnesses were but said they could possibly have helpful information.
Along with cellphone records, Salazar said investigators are also looking into the gunshot residue evidence, text messages, security footage from neighbors, and social media accounts.
Another of Nichol’s friends, Rick Wright, told the station he thought she was murdered, as she would “never kill herself.”
“I would say that she would have had to have been killed,” Wright said. “There’s no way that she would have taken her life, or taken anybody else’s life like that. That’s just not how she was. That wasn’t her – how she thinks. She loved life too much.”
Authorities haven’t given specifics about the gun used in the incident. It’s still unclear who the gun belonged to.
Meanwhile, Cardona told CrimeOnline that Nichol always put her children before everything and referred to her as a “spectacular mommy.”
“The Nichol I knew and loved was very social had a lot of friends and a lot of clients but her kids always came FIRST. Many times we’d invite her to do things and she’d decline because one of the girls or Skylar, her son would have an event or homework.”
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Nichol Olsen and daughters/Instagram]