Suspect arrested in tourist’s murder, family hoping for answers

Nathaniel Cosby

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It was supposed to be a birthday trip to paradise, but instead a 28-year-old woman from Oregon was found dead on the leeward coast of Oahu.

On Wednesday, there was a big break in the case.

A suspect is behind bars on suspicion of murder, but her family is left with more questions than answers.

Ivanice Harris, known to friends as “Ivy,” was last seen speaking to a man outside a bar in Waikiki. She was found dead four days later.

“Honestly, man looking at that makes me real angry. That’s my first time seeing it,” Harris’ friend Andre Miller said.

Miller, a childhood friend of Harris, got a first look at the man accused of killing her with the help of KHON2’s sister station KOIN6 in Portland, Ore.

On Wednesday, Honolulu police arrested 38-year-old Nathaniel Cosby in the case for second-degree murder.

The arrest came nearly three weeks after Harris was last seen in Waikiki.

“He was arrested on second-degree murder charges. Ivanice was four weeks pregnant and she was murdered. The family was hoping for more,” said Miller.

Harris was vacationing in Hawaii with friends to celebrate her birthday.

Two days before she was to turn 29, she disappeared.

She was last seen outside a Waikiki bar leaving with a man.

Four days later on May 20, her nude body was found near Yokohama Bay.

Now, seeing the face of the man suspected in her death has given Harris’ family and friends a small taste of what they want a lot more of justice.

“It’s been a long investigation for them and they’ve been working around the clock on this,” Honolulu Police Department CrimeStoppers Sgt. Kim Buffett said.

Cosby was arrested at Honolulu International Airport around 10:15 a.m.

HPD would not say if he was trying to leave the island or if he had a flight scheduled to depart Honolulu.

“Still under investigation, all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. Not exactly sure what led to the arrest, but we did have numerous calls of people seeing her at different places,” Sgt. Buffett said.

Police aren’t revealing what relationship Cosby had with Ivy, if there was any.

“Still waiting on toxicology reports to see if she was drugged or if she even talked to the person. We don’t have any answers,” Miller said.

Murder charges are pending against Cosby.

Harris’ family plans to travel to Hawaii in the hopes of learning why someone would kill a woman they loved so much.

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