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Oregon tourist found in Yokohama bay: Slain in neck injury

Published On: Jun 21 2013 10:59:12 PM HST

The medical examiner confirms the Oregon woman whose body was found in west Oahu was murdered. Ivanice "Ivy" Harris was found dead four days after she went missing in Waikiki.

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Ivanice "Ivy" Harris was found dead four days after she went missing in Waikik. Harris' body was found at Yokohama Bay. Harris, who worked as an escort, was reported missing by her friends last month, after seeing her for the last time on Lewers Street in Waikiki. Her family has been trying to unravel what happened. Now, the medical examiner says it was a homicide, and she died from a neck injury.

"The thought going through my head with any neck injury, "Was it strangulation? Was it a cut to the throat?" asked Andre Miller, a family spokesperson.

Earlier this month, Honolulu police arrested Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby on suspicion of her murder, but released him without charges. Cosby is a Marine based in Hawaii on special assignment. The military has taken over the case. The Marine Corps and city prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro said it would be better to prosecute the case under the military justice system than state law.

"Just the emotional tour has taken a toll on a couple of peoples health on the family," said Miller.

Her family is confident with how the investigation is moving forward.
But, because Harris was from Oregon, as a visitor to Hawaii, they say there are added difficulties.

"It's been real hard on the family. They are dealing with three states because Ivanese still rents an apartment in Las Vegas, so her belongings are still in Las Vegas, and her family is here in Portland, but then you got the case unraveling in Hawaii," said Miller.

Cosby is in the brig at Pearl Harbor while NCIS investigates the case.
Harris' family is trying to also find details with their Facebook page: Bring Ivanese Home.

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