Newton high school counselor will be laid to rest Monday

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NEWTON, N.C. - Funeral plans have been announced for Maggie Daniels, the high school counselor who police said was killed in Newton this past weekend. Daniels will be laid to rest Monday at 10 a.m. in Cleveland, Ohio -- where she was originally from.

Police are looking for the person who killed Daniels after a medical examiner determined her cause of death was the result of a homicide.
 
Police are not releasing Daniels' cause of death, but whatever it is has led investigators to search for a killer.

Law enforcement sources told Channel 9 Wednesday the search warrant in the case has been sealed.
 
They've been trying to retrace Daniels' steps and are pulling surveillance videos of where she might have been last, hoping it will give them some idea of who was the last to see the teacher alive.

Police are reaching out to anyone who saw her in the hours before her death.         
 
The district attorney met with investigators for more than two hours Tuesday at police headquarters.  
 
Police have seized surveillance video from a used car lot at the entrance to the Windsor apartments.  The business has nine cameras including one where you can clearly see any car heading down the only street into the complex and where Daniels was found dead this weekend.

PHOTOS: Maggie Daniels
 
"(They) asked me if I had any kind of surveillance that pointed toward the road. I hope they find what they are looking for,” said Teresa Warrne with TRL Motors.
 
Channel 9 has also learned police spent hours in these wood behind Daniels' home late Monday.   
 
Eyewitnesses say there were as many as five detectives here looking at a path that cuts between Thorton Elementary and the complex.  Channel 9 walked it Tuesday and discovered it comes out feet from the back door to Daniel's apartment. 
    
Around front, Eyewitness News spoke with a maintenance worker who spotted the 31-year-old arriving home around lunchtime Friday, less than 24 hours before she was discovered dead inside her apartment.
 
"She looked fine.  She had on some sweatpants.  She had on some black sweatpants,” Joe McCorkle said.
 
District attorney Jay Gaither met with investigators for more than two hours after the chief said detectives reviewed crime scene photos and the autopsy Tuesday morning.

Officials said Daniels was an avid runner who often jogged downtown.

Investigators said Monday there was no sign of forced entry. When asked about whether there was a struggle inside the apartment, they would not comment.
 
Taylor Hall lives next door to the Main Avenue apartment of the 31-year-old counselor and coach at Discovery High School from Ohio.
 
He said he learned that's where she was found dead Saturday. He said he never heard or saw anything that made him worry.
 
"I saw a teacher or two come over," said Hall. "I met her one time while she was out walking and she was a real nice person."

A memorial service for Daniels will be held Wednesday at Newton-Conover High School at 4 p.m. Daniels' family is expected to attend.

Anyone with information on Daniels' death is urged to call Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

 
911 call

Police gave Eyewitness News the 911 call that alerted officers to Daniels' death. It included this transcribed portion:
 
Caller: “One of my friends is in that apartment and she's been -- I think she has been laying there for about a day. She was in there laying down. I didn't even want to touch her.”
 
Dispatcher: “Is she alive or dead? Do we know that much?
 
Caller: “I'm not sure at all. They are going to go in there. It shook me up when I saw her.”
 
The State Bureau of Investigations was called in to help with the investigation. Police are still interviewing several people who knew her, trying to piece it all together.
 
The Daniels family released a statement:
 
"We are deeply saddened by the terrible news surrounding the death of our loved one, Maggie Daniels. Words cannot describe the grief that we are going through right now. We, as a family, have decided not to comment while there is an ongoing investigation."

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