Jewelry tip led to arrest in Ivy Harris case

Jewelry worn by Ivy Harris may have helped lead to an arrest in Hawaii in her death (Courtesy: Andre Miller, June 6, 2013)
Jewelry worn by Ivy Harris may have helped lead to an arrest in Hawaii in her death (Courtesy: Andre Miller, June 6, 2013)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Andre Miller is closely following the mystery surrounding the death of his friend Ivy Harris, the Portland tourist found slain in Hawaii. He also may have helped police find the man now charged with her murder.

Arrest in Ivy Harris case
Nathaniel Crosby as seen in a booking photo. (KOIN 6 News, courtesy LIN Media)

Marine Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby could face second-degree murder in the slaying of Harris, who was vacationing in Hawaii for her 29th birthday and was four weeks pregnant at the time.

Cosby is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician from Alabama who is based in Japan. However, the Marine Corp reported he was on temporary duty in Hawaii, and that “information related to his assignment, movement and travel … is part of the on-going investigation.” According to Marine Corp records, Cosby entered the Marine Corps in 1998.

As of late Thursday Cosby had still not been charged but is still under arrest, according to KOIN 6 News sister station KHON2 News in Honolulu.

Honolulu police won’t confirm how Cosby and Harris met. She was last seen outside a Waikiki bar on May 16, and her body was found four days later.

But Miller thinks he has some clues.

Andre Miller, a close friend of Ivy Harris, gave a tip to police that may have led to an arrest in her death, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Andre Miller, a close friend of Ivy Harris, gave a tip to police that may have led to an arrest in her death, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

He posted an ad on Craigslist Honolulu recently searching for the custom-made jewelry she was wearing in Hawaii.

“I posted an ad with a $500 reward,” he told KOIN 6 News. He was contacted by a Missouri man who said he’d been vacationing in Hawaii.

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, was last seen alive in Hawaii May 16, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

“He said he had the jewelry I was looking for,” Miller said. The man said he got the jewelry when “he was approached by two individuals.”

The Missouri man said he was looking on Craigslist for lost or stolen property because the jewelry was appraised for a lot more than what he paid.

Miller then provided the information to police officials in Missouri and Hawaii. Within a few hours, Cosby was arrested at Honolulu International Airport around 10:15 a.m. local time.

Honolulu police would not say if he was trying to leave the island or if he had a flight scheduled to depart Honolulu,  KHON2 News reported.

As for the criminal investigation, the Marine Corps “takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and is fully cooperating with the investigation,” said Lt. Col. David Griesmer, public affairs director for the Pacific III Marine Expeditionary Force, in an email to KHON. Griesmer said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is assisting Honolulu police in their investigation into Harris’ death.

“Every day there’s something new in this,” Miller told KOIN 6 News. “It’s a lot more complicated than we expected it to be.”

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