Military takes over Oregon woman's murder probe

Military takes over Oregon woman's murder probe
Ivy Harris, in a photo from her Facebook page.

HONOLULU (AP) — A Marine is being held at a military detention facility in Pearl Harbor while authorities investigate the murder of a visitor from Oregon.

Marine Corps Forces Pacific said in a statement Friday it agreed with Honolulu prosecutors it would be "more advantageous" to prosecute the case in the military justice system.

Honolulu police arrested Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby earlier this month but Cosby was released without any charges filed.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service says it has taken the lead in the investigation.

Investigators are probing the death of Ivanice "Ivy" Harris, who was last seen outside a Waikiki bar on May 16. Her body was later found on Oahu's leeward coast.

The Portland native was living in Las Vegas and vacationing in Hawaii with her boyfriend and friend.

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