• Investigators follow up on leads in slain counselor case

    By: Dave Faherty


    NEWTON, N.C. - It's been more than a week since the popular high school counselor was found dead inside her Newton apartment.
    Reporter Dave Faherty found out on Monday police have video of Maggie Daniels, 31, still alive hours before her death.
    The police chief won't say where the video came from but said it shows very good images of Daniels.
    Local and state authorities were going door-to-door at Daniels apartment complex and at a nearby shopping center.
    Workers at a repair shop said State Bureau of Investigation agents visited them three times.
    They said they worked on Daniels car in the days leading up to her murder. 
    They said investigators questioned them about a man who wanted to pick up the vehicle the morning she was found dead.
    "They wanted to know what it looked like inside,” said Adam Stone, mechanic. “What he looked like. His appearance -- his demeanor and whether he looked flustered. And they wanted to know if he used the phone. They wanted our phone records.”
    Nearby at a discount grocery, agents asked about the surveillance cameras around the building that sits across the parking lot from the repair shop.
    "They were looking for any video they could get in the last 10 days. It's good to see them out working hard," said Max Mitchell, employee.
    During the last week, investigators said they have gotten dozens of tips and worked through the holiday weekend trying to identify her killer.
    "The last four or five days have been very productive,” said Chief Don Brown, Newton police. “In our interviews and gathering information -- been very productive."
    Police confirmed Monday they are executing a second search warrant in the case trying to get Daniels cellphone records.
    That search warrant has yet to be returned and when it is will most likely be sealed in the case.

    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.

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