Friend of missing Portland woman: ‘Every minute counts’

Ivanice Harris, seen in a Facebook photo posted May 15, 2013, has not been seen in Hawaii since May 16, 2013. (Courtesy photo)
Ivanice Harris, seen in a Facebook photo posted May 15, 2013, has not been seen in Hawaii since May 16, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It was supposed to be a birthday trip to paradise, but Honolulu police are looking for a Northeast Portland woman who has not been seen in days.

Ivanice Harris, also known as Ivy, was last seen around 2:15 a.m. Thursday outside Kelley’s Bar in Waikiki talking with an unknown man. She has not been seen or heard from since, Honolulu police confirmed to KOIN 6 News.

The Jefferson High School graduate went to Hawaii with her friends and her longtime boyfriend to celebrate her 29th birthday.

But her family is worried because of the silence. Her sister, Ivesha Harris, said Ivy is always in touch with her mom, sisters and cousin.

She told KOIN 6 News Ivy’s phone is turned off but police were able to trace signals coming from it. Her friends are handing out fliers in Hawaii in the area she was last seen.

One of those friends talked to KOIN 6 News about the search: “I feel like she’s being held against her will,” Jill Gibides said. “We don’t know how OK she is. Every minute counts right now. I don’t want it to be too late.”

Harris had been living in Las Vegas but moved back to Portland and lived with her mother. She was planning to start school next month at Mount Hood Community College.

If you have any information, you’re asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 503.955.8300.

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