There is a new and bizarre twist in the Jeanine Harms' missing person case out of the South Bay.
Although presumed dead, Harms' body has never been found since her disappearance nearly a decade ago. The prime suspect was shot and killed earlier this year by Harms' brother who turned the gun on himself minutes later.
The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the family of now deceased Maurice Nasmeh has turned over several items to Los Gatos police that may be connected to the case. The items included female clothes and shoes, and a lock of human hair found in the suspect home.
"We have nothing to hide," Nasmeh's mother Doris told the Mercury News. She said she didn't think the hair means anything, but said if it would help the Harms' family she thought they should turn it over.
The family told the paper they found the items in plain view in Nasmeh's laundry closet. They said the items could have belonged to Nasmeh's girlfriend, adding they were found as they packed up his home following his death.
The Nasmeh family allowed a Merc reporter to see the items before they turned them into police. The paper described them this way:
"The hair is a light brown color with highlights. At the time she disappeared, Harms' hair was brown with highlights. Pieces of what appear to be lint can be seen in at least two places on the swirl of hair in the bag. A crumpled brown wrapper from a medium-sized Reese's peanut butter cup was in the bottom of the bag."
The paper quoted an investigator that said the items would be tested to see if they are connected to the case.
Harms was last seen at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell on July 27, 2001. Nasmeh was the last person to see her alive. He was arrested and put in jail in 2004, but was ultimately released for lack of evidence in 2007.
There was no word on how long the testing of the new potential evidence would take