Orting man is charged with murder of missing woman

Jonathan Daniel Harris, 29, was charged with the murder of 28-year-old Enumclaw resident Nicole Elizabeth White. The Pierce County Prosecutor filed second degree murder charges against Harris June 23.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:49pm
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Jonathan Daniel Harris, 29, was charged with the murder of 28-year-old Enumclaw resident Nicole Elizabeth White.

The Pierce County Prosecutor filed second degree murder charges against Harris June 23.

His bail was set at $2 million during an arraignment hearing June 24. Harris’ trial is scheduled to begin August 17.

White was last seen about 10 p.m. June 6 outside Jeepers Country Bar and Grill on Pacific Avenue South in Spanaway.

Her mother reported her missing to the Orting Police June 7.

On the afternoon of June 8 a passerby spotted White’s red Dodge Neon down an embankment wedged between several trees in the area of 70th Avenue East and 260th Street East in Graham.

After a more than two weeks of searching, White’s body was found wrapped in canvas and then wrapped in a green tarp June 20.

Detective Ed Troyer, spokesman for the sheriff’s department, said White’s body was found near the Timberland Forest Camp 1 Road East.

“She was found by search dogs,” Troyer wrote. “(The) investigation led us to the area that was searched.”

According to probable cause document detectives believe White picked Harris up at his home and the two drove to Jeepers.

Harris told detectives he met White at the bar, but detectives received different information from a neighbor.

Investigators wrote in the probable cause document, “While searching the defendant’s residence detectives contacted his neighbor. The neighbor reported that a woman matching White’s description arrived at her residence on June 6, 2015, at approximately 10 p.m. and asked for the defendant. The same neighbor told detectives

that she heard a female screaming at the defendant’s residence at 4 a.m. on June 7, 2015. The screaming stopped abruptly.”

According to investigators Harris said, “He met White at the bar and that she gave him a ride home. Before they reached the defendant’s residence he asked White to stop at a convenience store so he could use the restroom. Harris said that he went into the store to use the restroom, and when he came out White was gone. Harris reported that he used a pay phone to call White, but that she did not answer. He told detectives that he then walked home and had not seen White since.”

Detectives checked video footage of Harris and White at Jeepers and noted he was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

A search warrant was served on Harris residence and investigators found the sweatshirt. A DNA analysis revealed White’s blood was on the sweatshirt. Investigators found other areas of blood which are being analyised.

Investigators also contacted the convenience store staff. The attendant told detectives he had not seen Harris June 6 or 7. He also said, “customers are not allowed to use the restroom at the time that Harris said he was there.”

Investigators reviewed video from the store and did not find Harris. The store has no pay phone.

Harris car was equipped with an ignition interlock device that took a photo when he blew into it.

Detectives retrieved the interlock image of Harris on June 7, which showed he was in a wooded area.

Investigators used his cell phone to locate White’s body.

“The defendant’s phone records indicated that his phone was registering off of a tower with landscape that is consistent with the photograph the ignition interlock device recorded. On June 20, 2015, detectives located a body around the area that the defendant’s phone was registering.The body was located at the bottom of an embankment….”

The medical examiner classified the White’s death as a homicide. She had a skull fracture, an orbital fracture, a fractured sternum and several broken ribs.

After the investigators searched his residence he was arrested on federal weapons charge. Investigators noted he had swollen right wrist, abrasions on both knees and on his side and back.

He told investigators he fell off a bar stool June 6. The bartender told detectives Harris did not fall off a stool.

 

 

 


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