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New ItemMan Charged With Murder of Missing Los Gatos Woman

(Dec 16, 2004)
40-year-old Maurice Xavier Nasmeh has been arrested and charged with Jeanine's murder. (San Jose Mercury article).

After 3 and a half years of frustration and sadness the hunt may finally be over.

"This has been a very long investigation," Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu, who said her office and the police made the case on the front burner almost from the day it happened. "It's such a relief to have this wrapped up. The family is very happy."

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Finally! A Break In The Case

On July 28th, 2003 Los Gatos Police announced a new break in Jeanine's case (San Jose Mercury article).

The new information involves the recent identification of items thought to have been taken from Jeanine's house on or around the time of the kidnapping. Click here for Missing Item details.

Help From America's Most Wanted

On Aug 4th, 2001 America's Most Wanted ran a segment on Jeanine's disappearance. They have also added her to their extensive Web site including information about Jeanine and details of the case as supplied by the police.

Click here to see the America's Most Wanted pages.

News Stories

Latest News ·

Latest News Items

San Jose Mercury News (Aug 24, 2011)
Herhold: DA Rosen's news conference on Harms case a remarkable event
San Jose Mercury News (Aug 24, 2011)
Santa Clara County DA says evidence proves Maurice Nasmeh murdered Jeanine Harms, the Los Gatos woman who disappeared in 2001.
San Jose Mercury News (Jul 24, 2011)
Thread of hope in solving Harms' case 10 years after disappearance
San Jose Mercury News (Apr 30, 2011)
Prosecutor: Women's hair, clothing didn't belong to Jeanine Harms
San Jose Mercury News (Feb 25, 2011)
New twist in Harms case: Dead suspect's family finds hair, women's clothes at his San Jose home
San Jose Mercury News (Feb 6, 2011)
Nasmeh's girlfriend: Harms' brother told me 'move, or I'll kill you, too'
Mercury News (Jan 26, 2011)
San Jose: 911 tape describes scene at Nasmeh killing
Mercury News (Jan 23, 2011)
Mystery deepens over what happened to Jeanine Harms
Mercury News (Jan 18, 2011)
Santa Clara DA says Harms investigation continues, despite murder of chief suspect
Mercury News (Jan 17, 2011)
Herhold: No closure in the Jeanine Harms case
Mercury News (Jan 17, 2011)
Woman who introduced Harms to Nasmeh haunted by that moment
Mercury News (Jan 17, 2011)
Harms' brother was upset there was 'no closure' to case
Campbell Patch (Jan 17, 2011)
Family, Locals React to Murder-Suicide
Mercury News (Jan 16, 2011)
San Jose man guns down sister's alleged killer
Mercury News (July 26, 2010)
9 years later, Jeanine Harms case still a mystery
NBC Bay Area (May 13, 2010)
Jeanine Harms' Parents Break Their Silence
Mercury News (June 30, 2007)
Herhold: Years in jail leave suspect in Harms' killing oddly calm
San Francisco Chronicle (June 28, 2007)
Murder charges tossed in '01 death-D.A. could refile case against architect
Mercury News (June 28, 2007)
South Bay murder suspect to go free in stunning twist
Mercury News (June 27, 2007)
Charges dropped in killing of Los Gatos resident Jeanine Harms
Mercury News (June 23, 2007)
New twist in Harms case
Mercury News (June 13, 2007)
Defense files appeal of ruling on evidence in murder trial
Mercury News (May 24, 2007)
Appeals court allows key evidence in Nasmeh murder trial
Mercury News (Feb 28, 2007)
Appellate court takes up evidence issue in Harms murder case
KRON (Feb 08, 2007)
Father and Friend Await Results of Santa Cruz Bones
Mercury News (Feb 08, 2007)
Family on edge over bones
Mercury News (Jan 19,2007)
Date set for review of evidence in slaying
Mercury News (Sep 3, 2006)
Investigator breathes life into cold cases
Mercury News (Sep 1, 2006)
Appeals court to review evidence in slaying case
Mercury News (Feb 24, 2006)
DA to challenge ruling in Los Gatos murder case
Mercury News (Feb 18, 2006)
DA loses round in murder case
Mercury News (Dec 09, 2005)
Evidence hearing in Harms case postponed
Mercury News (Dec 08, 2005)
Bay Area Briefs: Attorney announces strategy for client accused in slaying
Mercury News (Sep 26, 2005)
Not guilty plea in killing of Los Gatos woman
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Sep 14, 2005)
Judge's ruling is in­Nasmeh to be tried for murder of Jeanine Harms
San Jose Mercury News (Sep 12, 2005)
Nasmeh to stand trial in disappearance, death
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Sep 11, 2005)
Fibers provide mute evidence in Harms case
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Sep 7, 2005)
Nasmeh's preliminary hearing gets under way
San Jose Mercury News (Sep 7, 2005)
Yarn evidence questioned in murder hearing
KION46.COM (Sep 1, 2005)
Hearing begins for suspect in murder of Jeanine Harms
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Aug 31, 2005)
Harms murder case finally goes to court
San Jose Mercury News (Aug 29, 2005)
Delay in preliminary hearing for accused killer of Los Gatos woman
San Jose Mercury News (June 10, 2005)
Preliminary hearing set for suspect in Harms' slaying
San Jose Mercury News (April 9, 2005)
Request for bail dropped in slaying
San Jose Mercury News (March 22, 2005)
Slaying suspect pleads not guilty
San Jose Mercury News (March 5, 2005)
Plea expected in case of '01 disappearance
The Skyline View News (January 31, 2005)
Architect arrested in murder case
San Jose Mercury News (January 16, 2005)
Suspect in slaying adjusting to jail
San Jose Mercury News (January 15, 2005)
Architect enters no plea in 2001 murder case
San Francisco Chronicle (January 15, 2005)
Suspect asks delay in missing-woman case
Campbell Times (January 07, 2005)
Justice for Jeanine
Almaden Weekly Times (December 30, 2004)
Maurice Nasmeh arrested for the murder of Jeanine Harms
Los Gatos Weekly Times (December 22, 2004)
How hobby yielded key clue
San Jose Mercury News (December 18, 2004)
After three and a half years, police make an arrest in the Harms case
San Jose Mercury News (December 17, 2004)
S.J. man arrested in '01 disappearance
San Jose Mercury News (December 17, 2004)
Murder case prosecution without body a rare event
San Francisco Chronicle (December 17, 2004)
Longtime suspect charged with killing Jeanine Harms
San Francsico Chronicle (December 17, 2004)
Arrest made in disappearance of Los Gatos woman
foxreno.com (December 16, 2004)
Harms Case Time Line
KTVU.com (December 16, 2004)
Arrest Made In Jeanine Harms Slaying
San Jose Mercury News (December 16, 2004)
Man charged with murder of missing Los Gatos woman
San Francsico Chronicle (December 16, 2004)
Arrest made in disappearance of Los Gatos woman
NBC11.com (Mar 1, 2004)
Bones Found Not Likely Jeanine Harms
Los Gatos Weekly News (August 6, 2003)
Harms remembered by loved ones at march
The Campbell Reporter (August 6, 2003)
Friends and family march for missing Campbell native
San Jose Mercury News (July 29, 2003)
Police disclose break in case
San Jose Mercury News (July 28, 2003)
San Jose Mercury News (April 24, 2003)
Police seek rug in investigation of disappearance
Metro - Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper (March 20-26, 2003)
In Harms Way - The case of missing Los Gatos resident Jeanine Harms remains unsolved. Someone out there knows what happened to her, but unfortunately, it isn't the authorities.
San Jose Mercury News (July 28, 2002)
Group mourns for missing woman
San Jose Mercury News (July 21, 2002)
The Woman's Voice Magazine (May/June 2002)
Jeanine Harms: Missing for almost a year! The investigation. the wait. the pain
San Jose Mercury News (Feb 15, 2002)
Coroner seeks help in identifying skull
San Jose Mercury News (Feb 6, 2002)
No new clues emerge in case of missing Los Gatos woman
Campbell Reporter (Jan 30, 2002)
Police scrutinize two men seen with missing LG woman
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Jan 23, 2002)
Police seek two men who last saw missing woman
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Dec 26, 2001)
The Year in Review 2001
The Campbell Reporter (Oct 10, 2001)
Holding On At Home
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Oct 10, 2001)
Photo: Lighting up the night
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Oct 3, 2001)
A Public Pain
Saratoga News (Oct 3, 2001)
Waiting To Exhale - Cover Story
Spartan Daily (Sep 25, 2001)
Jeanine Harms, alumna, still missing
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Sep 12, 2001)
Parents make public appearance
Campbell Reporter (Sep 12, 2001)
Missing woman's family keeps hope alive
San Francisco Chronicle (Sep 7, 2001)
Reward increased for missing woman
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Sep 5, 2001)
Foundation to announce contribution to help find missing Los Gatos woman
Campbell Reporter (Sep 5, 2001)
Missing woman's family and friends searching for clues
Silicon Valley Business Journal (Aug 28, 2001)
Missing woman Web site hits mark
San Francisco Chronicle (Aug 25, 2001)
Police show mystery man's photo - Casting for leads in missing-woman case
ABC 7 News (Aug 24, 2001)
Last Man To See Missing Los Gatos Woman Named
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Aug 22, 2001)
Fundraiser for missing woman
San Francisco Chronicle (Aug 22, 2001)
Family keeps spotlight on missing Los Gatos woman
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Aug 15, 2001)
Woman Still Missing
Sunnyvale Sun (Aug 15, 2001)
Woman is still missing after night out on town
Cupertino Courier (Aug 15, 2001)
Local woman missing after going out for night on town
Silicon Valley Business Journal (Aug 9, 2001)
Hurricane Electric aids in search for Los Gatos woman
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Aug 8, 2001)
Missing woman described as attractive in every way
Campbell Reporter (Aug 8, 2001)
LG woman disappears after Pruneyard Visit
ABC 7 News (Aug 7, 2001)
Search For Missing Woman Moves To Lexington Reservoir
San Francisco Chronicle (Aug 4, 2001)
Police use dogs in search for Los Gatos woman
ABC 7 News (Aug 3, 2001)
Police Step Up Efforts For Missing Woman
ABC 7 News (Aug 2, 2001)
New Information In Los Gatos Missing Woman Case
KPIX 5 News (Aug 1, 2001)
Missing Los Gatos Woman
ABC 7 News (Aug 1, 2001)
Police Interview Last Person To See Missing Los Gatos Woman
ABC 7 News (Jul 31, 2001)
New Clue In Missing Los Gatos Woman's Case

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Printed Media:
Campbell Reporter · Cupertino Courier · Los Gatos Weekly Times · San Francisco Chronicle · San Jose Business Journal · San Jose Mercury · Saratoga News · Spartan Daily News · Sunnyvale Sun
TV and Radio:
KTVU (Channel 2) · KRON (Channel 4) · KGO (Channel 7)
Other Sources:
Whereschandra.com · World News Atlas · Walk San Jose

San Jose Mercury
Disappearance of woman leaves void in
friend's life
(this article temporarily unviewable)
(Aug 27, 2001)
Los Gatos woman's disappearance
leads to orderly search, tiring effort
(Aug 26, 2001)
Woman's family: Don't forget Jeanine (Aug 15, 2001)

Other Information and Referral Sources

Other Missing Persons List
World News Atlas
Missing Woman
Walk San Jose
Help Find Jeanine Harms


Upcoming Events

We are working on scheduling the next event, please check back soon.

If you have suggestions for an event, please contact us.

Past Events

Jeanine's March

Monday, July 28th 2003
6:00 PM until approx 8:30 PM
110 East Main Street
Los Gatos, CA

Click here for the Color Flyer for the event

Jeanine's friends and family along with Child Quest International are hosting a march for Jeanine on the 2 year anniversary of her disappearance. The March is being held in Los Gatos, CA on Monday July 28th 2003. We ask that all the "marchers" gather in front of the Los Gatos Police Station (located at 110 East Main St., Los Gatos) at 6:00pm. We will begin walking at 7:00pm and then gather back at the police station at 8:00pm. Please wear a purple or white t-shirt to show your support for Jeanine. Let's work together to keep hope alive!

Speakers include:
Sandy Decker, Mayor of Los Gatos
Scott Seaman, Los Gatos Chief of Police
David Gullo, Campbell Chief of Police
Daniel E. Furtado, Mayor of Campbell

Candlelight Vigil

Jeanine's friends and family held a candlelight vigil on the one year anniversary of her disappearance.

Saturday July 27th, 2002
8:00 PM

110 East Main Street
Los Gatos, CA

The vigil was held on the lawn in front of the Los Gatos Civic Center, Police Dept, Library

...photos from the candlelight vigil

Vigil of Hope

Family and Friends of Jeanine Sanchez Harms will be marching in the Carole Sund/Carringon Memorial Reward Foundation Vigil of Hope.

Saturday March 9th, 2002

The Carole Sund /Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation is hosting the fourth annual Vigil of Hope, focused on the issue of missing persons, March 9, 2002 in Modesto, CA. The Vigil will begin with a march departing from the Victim's Garden on the Stanislaus County Courthouse Grounds at 12:30 PM to Graceada Park. Once at the park, lunch will be provided to participants as well as entertainment by Shelly Streeter and Kyle Barker. The program will begin at 2:00 PM and will consist of various speakers including Stanislaus County Sheriff Les Weidman, Chief of Police Roy Wasden, Mr. Lance Gima from the California Department Of Justice DNA Laboratory, Robert & Susan Levy, the Parents of Chandra Levy, and the Carringtons.

Click here for more information on the Vigil of Hope and the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation.

Awareness Event at Capers

Tuesday November 13th, 2001
from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

1710 West Campbell Ave
Kirkwood Plaza
Campbell, CA 95008

Appetizers will be served

Family and Friends for Jeanine Sanchez Harms
"Help us in keeping her in the public eye"

Candelight Vigil

September 30th, 2001

Britannia Arms Almaden

September 26th, 2001

Los Gatos Lodge hosted by Los Gatos Lions Club

August 16th, 2001

Rock Bottom Brewery

August 9th, 2001

If you have any additional questions concerning past or upcoming events use our General Inquiry form to send us an e-mail.

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