Body of missing woman found; man accused of murder

A Graham man is accused of killing a woman who was missing for two weeks until her body was found last Saturday. Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist on Tuesday charged Jonathan Daniel Harris, 29, with murder in the second degree in the death of Nicole White, 28. The charge in Pierce County Superior Court came three days after White's body was discovered near Lake Kapowsin. Harris' formal arraignment on the charge was scheduled Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in a courtroom at the County-City Building in Tacoma. White was last seen June 6. According to prosecutors, White picked Harris up from his home and they drove to Jeepers Country Bar and Grill in Spanaway. Several hours later, witnesses saw them leave the bar together in White's car. She never made it home and was reported missing on June 7. Initial reports by authorities were that White went to Jeepers to meet a man she had met online. In documents detailing the case against Harris, prosecutors said White and Harris drove from Jeepers to Harris' house, where he beat her to death and wrapped her in a tarp. He allegedly put her body in her car, drove to a wooded area south of Lake Kapowsin and rolled her body into a ravine, where she was discovered last Saturday. White's car was found June 8 down an embankment off a road near Graham. Authorities believe Harris dumped the vehicle there. Cell phone tracking records and data stored on the ignition interlock device in his own vehicle showed Harris later drove his car back to the site where he allegedly left White's body. During a search of Harris' home, detectives located the sweatshirt he was wearing at the bar the night White disappeared. DNA from blood on the sweatshirt was a match to White, authorities said.


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