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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Iwakuni Marine arrested in connection with the slaying of a tourist in Hawaii has been released by police without charges.

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby, 38, of Jefferson, Ala. was released Friday by Honolulu police and has been temporarily reassigned to a unit at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Marine Corps officials said. Media reports out of Hawaii said prosecutors are waiting on test results that could lead to a second-degree murder charge. Cosby has been barred from leaving the base.

“The Naval Criminal Investigative Service continues to support the investigation,” III Marine Expeditionary Force spokesman Lt. Col. David Griesmer wrote in an email Monday to Stars and Stripes.

Cosby, an explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-171 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, was arrested Wednesday at Honolulu International Airport in connection with the death of 28-year-old Ivanice “Ivy” Harris, who disappeared while vacationing with friends in Honolulu last month.

The Las Vegas woman was last seen speaking with an unknown male outside a Waikiki bar on May 16 around 2:15 a.m. Her body was discovered days later on the Leeward Coast.

Cosby was in Hawaii on a temporary duty assignment at the time, Marine Corps officials said.

burke.matt@stripes.com

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Matthew M. Burke has been reporting from Okinawa for Stars and Stripes since 2014. The Massachusetts native and UMass Amherst alumnus previously covered Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, for the newspaper. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times and other publications.
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