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Harms Case Time Line

POSTED: 3:59 pm PST December 16, 2004
UPDATED: 5:03 pm PST December 16, 2004

Here is a time line of the major events in the Janine Harms homicide case from her disappearance in July 2001 to the arrest of Maurice Nasmah on Dec. 16, 2004.

July 27, 2001
Janine Harms, 42, is reported missing by co-workers after she did not arrive for work at Amdahl Corp. Harms had spent Friday night (July 27) with friends at two Campbell nightclubs before leaving for home with a man whom friends described as stocky and 40ish, and driving a green Jeep.

Aug. 4, 2001
Within days of her disappearance, divers and cadaver-sniffing dogs to search Lake Vasona, Lexington Reservoir and the Los Gatos Creek Trail for any sign of Harms. Nothing turns up.

Aug. 22, 2001
More than three weeks after she vanished, Harms family and friends expand their attempts to find her with two billboards and a Web site.

Aug. 24, 2001
In an effort to turn up the heat on the last person known to have seen Harms alive, Los Gatos police publicize his name and photograph and ask for information about the man, who has stopped talking to investigators. Police decline to call Maurice Xavier Nasmeh a suspect, but they search the homes and the cars of Nasmeh and a second unidentified man who also had drinks with Harms at a Campbell brewery on July 27, the night she vanished. Police also use search warrants to obtain DNA samples from both men.

"We really don't know why he (Nasmeh) all of sudden stonewalled us," police Sgt. Tam McCarty told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time. "Nasmeh is the last person reportedly to have seen her alive. Now, he's refusing to help us find Miss Harms."

Sept. 7, 2001
In an effort to generate more leads in the case, the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation offers a $5,000 reward, adding to the $10,000 already being offered by Harms' family and her employer.

Sept. 30, 2001
Family and friends hold a candlelight vigil for Harms in front of her Chirco Drive duplex. Approximately 45 people attended the event.

Jan. 21., 2002
After six months of investigations, Los Gatos police continue to focus their investigation on the last two men seen with her -- Santa Clara resident William Alex Wilson III, 38--known simply as "Alex"--and Maurice Nasmeh, 42, of San Jose.

Feb. 1, 2002
After extensively searching parks and creeks in the Los Gatos area and interviewing dozens of people, police turn to homicide detectives at the San Jose Police Department and crime analysts at the Department of Justice in Sacramento for help.

July 27, 2002
Dozens of friends, family members and people who never even knew Harms gather for a tearful candlelight vigil at dusk to mark the one-year anniversary of the 42-year-old Los Gatos woman's disappearance. The event on the lawn at Los Gatos' civic center is a remembrance of the woman who vanished without a trace.

April 24, 2003
Los Gatos police go public and ask if anyone has a blue-and-red Persian rug with white fringe purchased from a Home Express furniture store. Police say they want the rug to help in the Harms investigation. When police searched Harms' apartment three days after her July 2001 disappearance, they could not find her sofa's cushions, a slipcover and the rug from in front of the sofa. They feel the rug may hold the key to her disappearance.

"It sounds to me like they may want to do some kind of fiber comparison," Harms' friend Janice Burnham tells the San Jose Mercury News.

April 25-30, 2003
Los Gatos police do not reveal the exact date, but Police Chief Scott Seaman said someone called and said they had a similar rug. Investigators discover it actually is the missing woman's rug. The rug apparently was discovered by the person -- who is declared not a suspect -- near a dumpster.

Lab tests confirmed it is Harms' rug, says Seaman, who would not give any further details except to call it "a remarkable gift.''

July 27, 2003
Wearing T-shirts depicting Harms' face and carrying signs that read, "We love you and we want you back," several marchers stage a one-mile memorial trek through downtown Los Gatos. Attending the march were the mayors and police chiefs of Los Gatos and Campbell.

Dec. 16, 2004
Saying the rug played a major role in an investigation that included local, state and federal agents, the Los Gatos police announce they had arrested Nasmeh as he made his way to work and planned to charge him in the case.



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