Murder suspect's arrest photo may show defensive strike from victim
The big break in the Ivanice "Ivy" Harris murder investigation may have come from a close family friend who posted photos on Craigslist of the jewelry she was wearing the day of her disappearance.
Andre Miller of Portland, Ore., said after placing the ad showing Harris' custom diamond ring and gold necklace, he was soon contacted by a man in Missouri. The unidentified man told Miller he purchased the items while vacationing on Oahu, after being approached by two individuals.
On Wednesday, Honolulu police arrested Nathaniel Cosby on suspicion of second-degree murder. A 38-year-old U.S. Marine on temporary assignment in Hawaii, Cosby has not been charged as Harris' killer, but remains in police custody. Miller believes a small wound over Cosby's right eyebrow may have come from Harris' diamond ring.
"The open wound on his forehead actually looks like Ivanice's ring," said Miller. "We forwarded all that information to the detective as well."
Harris, 28, was last seen by friends in the early morning hours of May 16 as she stood outside the bar Kelley O'Neil's on Lewers Street. But as her friends exited a taxi cab, Harris was gone. Her naked body was found four days later in some brush at Yokohama Bay, a desolate beach on Oahu's west end.
Miller says Harris' murder has been especially difficult for her parents, Ivan and Patricia Harris, and the family knows of no prior connection to Cosby.
"They've been sleepless you know, they haven't been able to rest at all," Miller told KITV4. "We're happy that the police are doing their due diligence, but the biggest thing right now is just getting answers really."
Even more difficult for the family to grasp is the fact Harris was four weeks pregnant when she was killed. Miller said Harris may not have known she was carrying a child so early in the pregnancy.
"It's a double whammy; it's a double homicide pretty much," said Miller. "I mean they lost two family members at once. Ivanice didn't even think that she could get pregnant. She thought that maybe she had some type of medical issue."
Police have until 10:15 Friday morning to charge Cosby with a crime, which could include second-degree murder. If not, they would be forced to release him pending further investigation.
Miller says a Facebook page dedicated to Harris' memory has been receiving support throughout the country.
"There's so many people on the Facebook page that don't even know her that have been touched by the story," said Miller. "She was really never a down person. She was always smiling, laughing (and) dancing -- just being a jokester."
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