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Mom of woman killed in Hawaii: 'Death penalty too easy' for suspect

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The mother of a Portland woman found dead in Hawaii is speaking out after detectives made an arrest in the case.

Patricia Harris told Fox 12 that her daughter, Ivanice Harris, loved her life in Portland and had just learned she was four weeks pregnant.

Ivanice Harris was last seen in Waikiki on vacation last month to celebrate her 29th birthday. Her body was found days later in the brush of a remote area of Oahu.

On Wednesday morning, Honolulu police arrested Nathaniel Cosby, 38, on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Police in Hawaii are revealing very few details about their investigation, but Patricia Harris said she was told by detectives that Cosby is in the military stationed in Hawaii.

Cosby remains in police custody in Hawaii, but he has not officially been charged in court yet. Prosecutors have until 10 a.m. Friday to file charges or he will be released.

"You know, giving him the death penalty is too easy," Patricia Harris said Thursday. "I want you to sit there and rot in Honolulu, like you did my daughter."

Patricia Harris said she talked to her daughter every day and is heartbroken to think about what they are going to miss out on as a family.

"Oh, she would've been the best mother in the world," she said.

Patricia Harris said a family friend, Andre Miller, may have been the link to a new lead in the case.

Miller told Fox 12 Ivanice Harris' jewelry was missing when her body was found, so he posted an ad on Craigslist about it, hoping for a tip.

He said a Missouri man contacted him saying he had just been in Hawaii and bought the jewelry from two strangers.

Miller said he gave those details to detectives and the next day Cosby was arrested. Police have not confirmed the role of that information as part of their investigation.

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