Kiva Gazaway, 38, lives with her two daughters and her boyfriend Harvey “Shawn” Johnson.
About 12:30 pm onApril 14 Kiva Gazaway called 911 and reported her car had been stolen by her boyfriend. But when Johnson returned later with the car, she declined to pursue a complaint. At least one article says she did ask police if Johnson had any history of violence.
Her two daughters were away from the home and about 3 pm that day, Kiva Gazaway called the 16 year old and asked her about what she wanted as a birthday present for her approaching birthday.
Johnson and Kiva Gazaway reportedly went shopping for the daughter’s birthday present and the gift was found in the home later.
On either the 15 or the 17th of April, Johnson the boyfriend went to police. He allegedly told them that on April 15th, he and Kiva Gazaway had had an argument and he left the home to take a walk. He allegedly told them when he returned, the home was locked so he slept in his car.
He allegedly said the next morning he entered the home and Kiva Gazaway and her car were gone. Kiva Gazaway allegedly was to pick her children up that day.
Police talked with Johnson on the 17th. And they reportedly found some inconsistencies in Johnson’s statement and were going to meet with Johnson on April 19th. However, by that time Johnson had left the state.
One report says that he did call his parole officer and told the officer that he was on his way to Fla. to visit his mother because she had had a heart attack. Johnson reportedly has a criminal history in 4 states.
However, police were changing the investigation of the case from a missing person to a possible homicide. And they said that Johnson was a person of interest. Police say the focus of the investigation had changed because it was believed that the mother of two would not have left the home voluntarily without letting her family know.
On April 23, federal marshall’s picked up Johnson in Florida. He was arrested on a parole violation and a gun was found in his vehicle.
Kiva Gazaway’s vehicle was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex, one that neither Johnson nor Gazaway resided in.
Kiva Gazaway is still missing. Police and family are fearing the worst. Her vehicle has been searched and police say there is no sign of foul play. Johnson has not been arrested for any crimes related to her. But one report has said that his car will also be searched.
Police are asking for anyone who saw Gazaway and/or Johnson after April 13 to come forward either to police or to crime stoppers.
Let me emphasize that Johnson has not been arrested for any crimes related to Kiva Gazaway’s disappearance. But there does seem to be concern there.
What caught my attention was the statement that Kiva Gazaway allegedly asked police about any previous history of violence. Had something happened to her to cause a sudden interest? There was also the call to 911 reporting that he had stolen her car. He must have had access to another vehicle as he drove a different car to Florida. Her car was found in Ohio.
You have to trust your instincts. If you feel fear, that is a self protective instinct. It is an indication that some part of you is questioning your safety. It is easy to drown out that instinct by explaining or excusing it to yourself. But it is not in your best interest to do so.
It isn’t uncommon for a spouse or partner to take a vehicle or the keys, disable or in some other way to make a vehicle inaccessible during a violent episode. Controlling the transportation is another way of exerting control over you.
If you are in an unsafe situation, make extra copies of your keys. Put the extras in a secret safe place known only to you, or leave them with a trusted neighbor- or both. Set up a code word with a close friend or relative so that if you call or if they call you, that all you have to do is say that word and they will get help to you.
Probably the best way would be to set up a meeting place nearby but away from the residence, and if you don’t show they are to call police and send them to the home. Or you could set up two code words. One that means to meet, one that means to immediately call police.
Harvey Johnson Jr has given police officers information that led police to the body of a woman he says is Kiva Gazaway. The remains were found in a ravine of an industrial park. No additional charges have been filed yet as the remains must be positively identified by the coroner and they are trying to establish the cause of death.
Harvey Johnson appeared in court today to answer to a contempt charge on a 2003 driving case. The murder case in with the Grand Jury. Even though the Grand Jury is not done with that case, Johnson is allegedly in more trouble already. Authorities say that while in court, Johnson attempted to grab a court bailiff’s gun. Two other deputies and an attorney were able to restrain him. He has been charged with aggravated robbery and escape.
This case is currently in court. A sherrif’s detective tells about the confession that Johnson gave the court. Allegedly about 3 hours of terror led up to Kiva Gazaways death. Let’s just say it isn’t pretty. The sherrif’s detective tells about Johnson’s attempts to get a plea deal. The confession was taped and the jury was permitted to hear the tape. According to trial info the couple had argued about finances and Kiva Gazaway had attempted to break it off with Johnson. It was during and for 3 hours after that argument that prosecutor’s say Kiva was raped, threatened with a gun, then asphixiated. According to the defendant’s confession, when he threatened to shoot her, she begged him not to shoot her and she asked that he strangle her instead.
Prosecution is finished with their case, and the defense will soon be presenting their case.