Authorities search for Newton school counselor's killer

Authorities search for Newton school counselor's killer

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 5:42 AM

NEWTON, N.C. -- Authorities in Newton have said the death of a teacher and counselor has been ruled a homicide on Monday afternoon.

Authorities said the death of Maggie Daniels is now a homicide investigation and they're searching for a suspect in the case.

An autopsy was performed Monday to try and determine the cause of death of  the 31-year old school teacher and counselor in Newton.

Daniels was found dead on the floor of her bedroom in her home in the Windsor Apartments on Saturday morning by a friend who was worried when she could not get in touch with Daniels.

Chief Donald Brown of the Newton Police Department said the autopsy on the body took much of the day but he had no information to release from the autopsy.

The friend who found the body said Daniels had no visible injuries but there was a broken mirror nearby.

Neighbors in the complex like Rena Houser said they often leave their doors open too, just like Daniels apparently did.

"She had friends over. You know that is not unusual. I sometimes leave mine unlock," said Houser.

Daniels had been a teacher at Discovery High School in Newton.  This past year she worked at the school as a counselor.

Marcus Forseyth was in Daniels' homeroom two years ago and now lives across the street from her unit in the Windsor Apartment.

Forseyth may be one of the last people who saw her alive last Friday at the complex.

"I just waved and said, 'hey.'  She was taking out the trash right over there.  I said, 'hey,' she said, 'hey,' and that was the last time I saw her," Forseyth said.

Investigators went around Newton looking at store security cameras to see if there was any sign of her in the hours before she was found dead.

Neighbors in the complex just want some answers.

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