Police in Washington state say they’ve arrested a man who allegedly killed a young mother after they met up for a date at a bar. People magazine says 29-year-old Jonathan Daniel Harris was taken into custody last week and arraigned.
Reports say 28-year-old Nicole White was last seen on June 6 leaving a bar with Harris. They apparently met up after meeting on the Internet. White never made it home after their date, and her mom called police to report her missing within 24 hours, the News Tribune reports.
Not long after White vanished, her vehicle was found partially over an embankment.
Harris was initially considered a person of interest and was arrested and thrown in jail on unrelated weapons charges.
It took two weeks, but White’s body was finally uncovered wrapped in a tarp in a rural area of Kapowsin. At the time of the discovery, Eddie Nieto, White’s father, spoke out to Fox Q13 and said, “I’m very lucky that, at least for Father’s Day, I got a gift, they found my daughter Nicole.”
NBC says police have told them there’s a solid amount of evidence against Harris allegedly linking him to the crime, though he has maintained his innocence. A sweatshirt he’d been wearing was reportedly found at his home later — and it had White’s blood on it, according to King5.
Harris claims White offered to drive him home and when they stopped at a gas station, he got out to use the restroom. Harris claims that when he came back outside, White was gone. Police say the restroom was not open at that hour, and they have Harris on camera near the area where White’s body was found.
Harris pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and is being held on a $2 million bond. The bar owner told Fox Q13 that it actually wasn’t the first time White and Harris had been in his bar together. No word yet on the motive for the murder or her cause or manner of death.
White leaves behind two children.
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