- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Pierce County prosecutors say they are upping the charges in the killing of an Orting woman who was missing for more than two weeks before her decomposed body was found in a ravine.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Wednesday 29-year-old Jonathan Harris now faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Nicole White.

Lindquist says the charge was amended due to work by a forensic anthropologist showing White was beaten to death.

White was last seen leaving a Spanaway bar June 6 with Harris, whom she met through an online dating service. Detectives say Harris beat White to death, wrapped her in a tarp and rolled her body down a wooded ravine near Kapowsin.

Harris has pleaded not guilty and remains jailed on $2 million bail.


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