Police eliminating suspects in Newton counselor's death

Police eliminating suspects in Newton counselor's death

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 8:47 PM

NEWTON, N.C. -- Newton Police Chief Donald Brown says no single suspect has emerged as of yet in the two-and-a-half week investigation into the death of 31-year-old Maggie Daniels.

Brown said investigators have conducted more than 100 interviews, sent physical evidence to the state crime lab and studied numerous store security camera videos, but a nothing points to a specific suspect.

"Not pointing towards any one particular persona, no, but it’s a process of elimination. The more we can eliminate, the more we can whittle down our suspect pool," the chief said.

Some of her students have drawn a chalk flower and heart on the sidewalk outside the apartment, that still remains sealed off with police crime scene tape.

Daniels' body was found June 28 on her bedroom floor, and investigators will still not say how she died.

A photo taken from a security camera at a Walmart in Conover is still the lats known photo of her, taken the day before she died.

Chief Brown says investigators have not found anyone who can positively place Daniels anywhere after noon on that Friday, the day before her body was discovered.

Investigators are also still looking into a warning posted on Daniels' Twitter feed that cautioned her to be careful of one of her neighbors.

Sharon Perkins, a neighbor of Daniels, said Daniels had never seemed afraid about anyone and would often jog around the complex and sun bathe in her yard.

"If she was [afraid], she never said nothing to anybody," Perkins said.

Investigators are now going even farther back and want to talk to anyone who had contact with her within a week of her death.

"It’s a slow moving process," Chief Brown said, "We have peaks and valleys. Just be patient with us."

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