Indiana Fugitive Wanted for Triple Murder May be in Region 8

JULY 24, 2006 - Posted at 4:27 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - A nationwide manhunt underway for a triple murder suspect from southern Indiana may lead authorities to Craighead County, according to one man.

Nick Harbison, 23, allegedly shot and killed three people in a cornfield in Pike County, Indiana, on Monday, July 17.  Since then, Harbison has allegedly been on the run with his 21-year-old girlfriend, Misty Davis, and the couple's 2-year-old daughter Kelsie, as well as Harbison's 74-year-old stepmother, Joyce Harbison.

However, at 4:30 this morning, Joyce and Kelsie Harbison, showed up unharmed at the home of John Davis, the father of Misty Davis.  And, John Davis told K8 News by phone this afternoon that Joyce Harbison told him that the four had been in Jonesboro within the past 24 hours.  John Davis said Mrs. Harbison was vague and evasive about how she and the granddaughter were able to get away to get back to Princeton, Indiana, but she returned in the 2004 Ford Taurus that her stepson left Indiana in.

Jonesboro Police Department spokesman Sergeant Steve McDaniel said the JPD has not been contacted by any other law enforcement agencies about the possibility of Harbison being in this area, including the Indiana State Police, which is investigating the triple murder in which Nick Harbison is the prime suspect.

While John Davis is glad to have his granddaughter now out of harm's way, he still fears for the safety of his daughter.  "I think Nick is a very desperate person, and I believe that there's a side of him that will do whatever it takes to stay free," he told KAIT's Raycom sister station in Evansville, Indiana, WFIE. 

Indiana authorities have reason to believe that Harbison was, or is, heading to Arkansas or Tennessee.

K8 News will have more information on this developing story tonight on Nightbeat.