Nicole White was a 28-year-old mother of two from Enumclaw, Washington. She had a bright smile and a loving personality, and she enjoyed music, dancing, and spending time with her family. She was also looking for love online, and she met Jonathan Harris, a 29-year-old man with a criminal record, on a dating app. The two decided to go on a date to a bar on June 6, 2015, but Nicole never returned home. Her body was found two weeks later in a wooded area, wrapped in a tarp. She had been beaten to death by Harris, who then tried to cover up his crime. This article will explore the details of Nicole’s life, her death, and the aftermath of the case.
A Single Mom with a Big Heart
Nicole White was born on February 14, 1999, to Eddie Nieto and Maria Herrera. She had three siblings: Jose Jr., Jessica, and Jocelyn. She grew up in Enumclaw, a small town near Seattle, and attended Enumclaw High School, where she graduated in 2007. She was a cheerful and outgoing person, who loved to make people laugh and smile. She had a passion for music and dancing, and often posted videos of herself singing and dancing on social media. She also had a strong bond with her family, especially her mother, who she called her best friend.
Nicole was working as a cashier at a local grocery store and had two sons, aged 8 and 10, from a previous marriage. She was going through a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, who had accused her of being an unfit mother. Nicole was determined to prove him wrong and to provide a good life for her kids. She was also looking for a new partner, and she joined a dating app, where she met Jonathan Harris.
A Dangerous and Deadly Date
Jonathan Harris was a 29-year-old man from Graham, Washington. He had a troubled past, and had been arrested several times for assault, theft, and drug possession. He had also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and had attempted suicide in the past. He was living with his mother and working as a landscaper. He was also looking for love online, and he matched with Nicole White on a dating app. The two exchanged messages and phone calls, and decided to go on a date to Jeepers Country Bar and Grill in Spanaway, Pierce County.
On June 6, 2015, Nicole picked up Harris from his home and drove to the bar. They had a few drinks and danced together. Witnesses said they seemed to get along well and left the bar together around 10 p.m. in Nicole’s car. But Nicole did not come back home that night. Her family became worried when they could not reach her by phone or text. They tried to contact Harris, but he did not answer either. They then used the Find My Friends app on Nicole’s iPhone, which showed her location as being in Missouri City, near Harris’ home. They drove to the address and found Nicole’s car, but they could not open the trunk. They called the police, who arrived at the scene and searched the vehicle. They found Nicole’s body in the trunk, wrapped in a blanket. She had been dead for several hours.
A Horrific Crime and a Guilty Plea
The police then launched a manhunt for Harris, who had turned off his phone and deleted his social media accounts. They searched his home and found a bloodstained sweatshirt that he had been wearing on the night of the date. A DNA test confirmed that the blood matched Nicole’s. They also found a cord from the refrigerator that had been used to strangle Nicole. They traced Harris’ car and found that he had driven back to the site where he had dumped Nicole’s body the following morning. They also learned that Harris had a history of violence and mental illness, and that he had been abusive to his previous girlfriends.
The police arrested Harris and charged him with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse. Harris initially pleaded not guilty, but later changed his plea to guilty. He admitted that he had beaten Nicole to death with his fists and a jack handle, and then strangled her with a cord. He said he did not know why he did it, and that he was sorry for what he had done. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
A Devastating Loss and a Call for Justice
Nicole White’s death shocked and saddened her family, friends, and community. She was mourned by hundreds of people who attended her funeral and a candlelight vigil in her honor. Her family and friends shared their memories of her and expressed their anger and grief over her senseless killing. They also called for justice and awareness of online dating safety, which can pose risks for anyone looking for love on the internet.
Nicole White’s life was taken away too soon and in a horrific way. She was a young woman with a lot of potential and a lot of love. She left behind two sons who will miss her dearly, and a family and friends who will always remember her as a single mom with a big heart.