A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the death of 21-year old Nicole Marie Harvey, whose burned body was found in Playa del Rey last month.
Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday, February 21st, to approve a motion introduced by Councilmembers Bill Rosendahl and Jan Perry to offer the reward.
Rosendahl, who represents Playa del Rey, and Perry, who represents the South Los Angeles area in which Harvey and her family lived, submitted the reward motion to help assist the Los Angeles Police Department apprehend the suspects.
“We must do all we can to assist the Harvey family in this tragic loss,” Rosendahl said. “We must find the person responsible for this horrific crime and bring them to justice.”
Harvey’s body was found engulfed in flames in the 8100 block of Tuscany Avenue in Playa del Rey at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, January 26th.
Reports provided by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) indicate that Harvey was fatally shot and subsequently set afire by unknown suspects. The person who found the slain victim called 911 and extinguished the flames with a fire extinguisher.
Described as an outgoing young woman, Harvey was a student at Southwest College, where she also worked at the daycare center. She was an active member of the McCoy Memorial Baptist Church and a member of the church choir.
During a morning press conference, Rosendahl and Perry urged the public to aid in the identification of the suspect.
“My greatest hope is that this reward will help bring witnesses forward,” Rosendahl said. “We cannot afford for another innocent life to be taken, for another mother or father to suffer the loss of a child.”
“I hope that this reward motion will help our detectives find those responsible for the senseless murder of Nicole Marie Harvey,” Perry said. “She was a bright, beautiful young woman who was stolen from her friends and family and we must do everything in our power to find and prosecute those responsible for this unspeakable crime.
“If you have any information, please come forward for the sake of the Harvey family and our community at large.”
LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division Detectives Orlando Martinez and Brian Carr can be reached at (213) 485-2129. For anonymous tips, the department’s anonymous tip line is (877) 529-3855 (877-LAWFULL).