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Marine sergeant thrown into brig in homicide investigation

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 08:41 p.m. HST, Jun 21, 2013

The military has placed a Marine sergeant in the Pearl Harbor Brig while it investigates the death of an Oregon woman in May.

The Marines and city prosecutor’s office said today the military would take over the investigation of Master Sgt. Nathaniel L. Cosby, 38, who was arrested in the death of Ivanice "Ivy" Harris, whose body was found near Yoko­hama Bay after being missing for four days.

Dr. William Goodhue Jr. of the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Harris’s death as a homicide, the office said today. He also found the presence of marijuana in her system.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause of death  was injury to the neck.

Cosby has been administratively transferred to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific at Camp Smith, according to a joint statement from city Prosector Keith Kaneshiro and Marines at Camp Smith. Cosby is being detained in pretrial confinement at the Joint Brig Miramar - Detachment Pearl Harbor Brig on Ford Island during the criminal investigation.

No charges have been filed.

Cosby, of Jefferson, Ala., is an explosive ordnance disposal specialist who was in Hawaii on temporary duty. Navy officials said he was assigned to Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command at Hickam. Cosby enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998.

He was stationed at Iwa­kuni Marine Corps Air Station in Japan, where he is assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-171, which is a part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

Harris worked as an escort. She grew up in Portland, Ore. and was living in Las Vegas, was vacationing in Hawaii with her boyfriend and a friend to celebrate her 29th birthday.

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allie wrote:
That is good news. HPD is not capable to investigating much of anything.
on June 21,2013 | 11:10AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Why don't you make a formal complaint and give them a piece of your mind.
on June 21,2013 | 11:14AM
lee1957 wrote:
I think you might watch too much TV. NCIS isn't exactly Mark Harmon.
on June 21,2013 | 11:21AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Geez allie. What is UP with self-righteous, all-important, know-everything, condescend-all, belittle-everyone you?
on June 21,2013 | 03:43PM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe you should do the investigation. YOU seem to think you are so smart. Of course everyone here just thinks you're a joke. a bad one.
on June 21,2013 | 04:31PM
false wrote:
allie should be investigated.
on June 21,2013 | 04:40PM
turbolink wrote:
What? Are you saying the allie "convict- by- photo" process no longer applies? You got so good as judge and jury that Mandanland can abolish its entire court system once you go back to North Dakota. Actually, most likely you'll find both HPD and the military worked together to investigate on more solid evidence than the Allie photo test.
on June 21,2013 | 05:00PM
Slow wrote:
"allie" is a paid provocateur. His/her fan club is similarly pathetic. Best bet is to skip any posts.
on June 21,2013 | 06:42PM
aomohoa wrote:
I just get so annoyed I can't help but comment.LOL
on June 21,2013 | 06:49PM
holokanaka wrote:
allie, I am still waiting for an answer!!!
on June 21,2013 | 09:01PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Not sure why the SA is trying to sugar coat her profession. She was a prostitute not an escort. Regardless there was no excuse for what was done to her.
on June 21,2013 | 03:55PM
aomohoa wrote:
Might be because of the previous comments that didn't like it. It is a dangerous profession is the point. It was obviously a homicide, I want to know the DNA results in that heavy suitcase he was seen dragging out of the hotel room.
on June 21,2013 | 04:34PM
false wrote:
The woman lived as best she could. May she rest in peace.
on June 21,2013 | 04:41PM
aomohoa wrote:
I agree and I am wondering if her "boyfriend" wanted her to make some money that tragic night.
on June 21,2013 | 06:50PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
It takes a month to determine cause of death? Why did HPD arrest this guy three weeks ago if it wasn't ruled a homocide until today? This marine is like a four inch trout......catch and release.
on June 21,2013 | 04:45PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
They still have brigs? Do they still hang people from yardarms?
on June 21,2013 | 04:47PM
pakeheat wrote:
Yes, they have one on Ford Island
on June 21,2013 | 04:59PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
How about the hanging part.
on June 21,2013 | 05:21PM
hanalei395 wrote:
It's on a Naval base. And the floors in a building on a Naval base are called "decks".
on June 21,2013 | 06:39PM
Peacenik wrote:
A no-brainer. smh
on June 21,2013 | 05:05PM
whatzupwitdat wrote:
I was going to comment @allie's remark but everyone else has pretty much covered it! LOL! as allie says "AGREE".
on June 21,2013 | 05:30PM
jayz43 wrote:
I'm concerned about the physical well-being of the NCO. Did he sustain any injuries after being "thrown into the brig"?
on June 21,2013 | 05:45PM
dpinsacto wrote:
I dont know why they keep referring to her PIMP as her boyfriend. They should have arrested him for pandering.
on June 21,2013 | 06:31PM
Grimbold wrote:
What se x urge can do to (mostly) men. It is Not easy.
on June 21,2013 | 06:36PM
Slow wrote:
I love it when you talk like that.
on June 21,2013 | 06:44PM
Grimbold wrote:
on June 21,2013 | 07:02PM
Upperkula wrote:
Maybe the boy freind did it, Maybe he told here no tricks while on vacation in Hawaii. Maybe he got Pi$$ed off at her for doing this John, and he offed her. Maybe I should shut up now. Bye Bye.
on June 21,2013 | 07:23PM
PTF wrote:
I think the same. Maybe her boyfriend is also her p*mp.
on June 21,2013 | 07:39PM
Kapalua wrote:
The victims boyfriend should have been interviewed by HPD for possibly promoting or advancing prostitution. The victims girl friend should have been interviewed also regarding the alleged pimp. But as of right now, the soldier boy appears to be the main target of investigation for murdering the escort now victim. It shouldn't be too difficult for DNA to prove his guilt or innocence. It should be just a matter of time when everything comes to light.
on June 21,2013 | 08:31PM
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