July 16, 2014

Police investigation continues in Newton counselor’s death

Police interviewed a person of interest and more than 100 others in the Maggie Daniels homicide investigation, but they say they need more help from the public.

Investigators interviewed a person of interest in the investigation into the death of counselor Maggie Daniels, Newton police said in a press release Wednesday.

Police said the person of interest is connected to the Aug. 13 tweet from Daniels’ account that pointed to her concern about a neighbor.

“Be careful with your neighbor you mentioned,” the screen shot of a text message said. “I would really encourage you to think about a self-defense class and to give serious consideration to other measures to protect yourself.”

Investigators interviewed the person of interest at Newton police headquarters and said the individual “cooperated fully.”

Police then said in the press release, “At this time this individual is not a person of interest.”

When asked for clarification and more details about the individual, police said in an email, “What is in the press release is all I can give you at this time.”

On Tuesday, police said they are looking for information from anyone who had contact with Daniels, 31, the week prior to June 28, when her body was discovered in her Windsor Apartments home.

Police said they interviewed more than 100 people and eliminated several as “potential persons of interest.”

Investigators are looking to social media for more leads and conducting additional interviews.

A surveillance photo released last week shows Daniels leaving a Walmart store in Conover on June 27. The store is about 4 miles north of Daniels’ apartment.

Daniels moved to North Carolina in 2005 just after graduating from Notre Dame College near Cleveland, where she is from.

In May 2013, Daniels received a master’s degree in counseling from Appalachian State University. She began counseling students at Discovery High School in Newton later that year.

Police have not released a cause of death or whether there are any suspects.

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