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10 Years Ago, A D.C. Mom Vanished From Her Apartment After Putting Her Kids To Bed And A Suspect Has Just Been Arrested

“I hope & pray EVERY parent out here can rest a little bit easier...NOW THAT THIS DEVIANT, DIABOLICAL VULTURE is off the damn streets! My child's life, & passing WILL NOT be in vain!,” Unique Harris' mother wrote on Facebook after the arrest of Issac Moye. 

By Jill Sederstrom
Suspect Arrested In Woman's Decade-Old Disappearance

It’s been 10 years since a Washington D.C. mom of two watched a movie with her children and put them to bed before mysteriously vanishing from their home.

The next morning, the boys — who were 4 and 5 at the time — and a 10-year-old cousin woke up to find the apartment in disarray and no sign of their mother, 24-year-old Unique Harris, according to local station WTTG.

For years, the baffling crime remain unsolved, but on Saturday, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 43-year-old Isaac Moye for second-degree murder while armed in Harris’ death, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Moye had been interviewed multiple times during the investigation and a GPS monitor he had been wearing at the time confirmed he had been at Harris’ apartment building the night she disappeared, according to court records obtained by the local station.  

“The records continuously indicate that he was present at that location throughout the night,” the affidavit said.

Authorities said the records showed that Moye — who goes by the nickname “Iceburg” — left the apartment building at 7:20 a.m. on Oct.10 and “walked back to a wooded area,” near his home.

In 2017, Harris’ then-5-year-old son also placed him at the scene, telling a new detective assigned to the case that he thought he had seen “Iceburg” at the apartment that night, according to court records.

He told police he had heard arguing and a muffled scream. Also in 2017, investigators were able to find Moye’s DNA on a couch cushion that had been in Harris’ apartment, according to the affidavit.

Three years later, in 2020, a witness in custody told investigators that Moye had mentioned a missing girl to him but allegedly said “that they will never get him because he did it the right way so they will never figure it out.”

Kristen Metzger, deputy director of the office of communications for the department, told Oxygen.com that Harris’ body has never been recovered. She declined to release any further details of the case citing the “active and ongoing” investigation.

Police said that a DC Superior Court agreed to issue Harris a death certificate in 2018 after “efforts to locate the missing person were unsuccessful.”

Those who knew Harris—including her two sons—are grateful that after a decade, there’s been an arrest in the case.

“The boys haven’t had any closure,” the boys' paternal grandmother Laurette Turner told local station WWBT. “They were so young. They had forgotten a lot but they didn’t have closure to what had possibly happened to her.”

Turner, who helped raise the boys with her son after Harris’ death, described Moye’s arrest as “justice” for those who knew her.

“It’s been a long, hard road,” she said.

Harris’ mother, Valencia Harris, said in a series of posts on Facebook that she had been “overwhelmed” in the days since Moye’s arrest.

In the years since her daughter disappeared, Valencia Harris became an advocate for the missing, exploited and victims of domestic violence.

I hope & pray EVERY parent out here can rest a little bit easier...NOW THAT THIS DEVIANT, DIABOLICAL VULTURE is off the damn streets! My child's life, & passing WILL NOT be in vain!,” she wrote.

Metzger said anyone with information about the case is urged to call police at 202-727-9099 or text 50411.