Wait for evidence testing in Newton homicide continues

NEWTON, N.C. -- Newton Police are still waiting for tests to be completed on the newest evidence seized in the investigation of the murder of 31-year-old Margaret Daniels.

It was five weeks ago that Daniels went shopping on a Friday morning with a friend at a Walmart where she was seen on a store security camera.

She was back in her Windsor Apartment complex on West 17th Street by noon.

It is believed she was not seen again until her body was found on the floor of her bedroom the next morning.

The newest evidence in the case was taken by police from another unit in that complex.

Police descended on unit 52 last weekend and stayed for the next nine hours collecting items of potential evidence.

Ryan Cline's mother lives right next door to that unit.

"You don't know who you are living beside nowadays," said Cline.

NBC Charlotte is not naming the man who lives in that apartment because police have not officially called him a suspect.

Neighbors say he has, for the most part, stayed in his apartment since the murder, and a white van he was known to drive has not been seen recently.

Cline said, "I've just seen him a couple of times, but I mean he seems like a good guy from what I know."

Since Daniels was found dead, investigators have not revealed how she was killed and will not say if they have a suspect.

Cline said the mood in the complex has changed in the weeks since the murder.

"Everybody here is just trying to keep an eye on everything and keep an eye on each other."


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