• Police release surveillance photo of Maggie Daniels

    By: Dave Faherty


    NEWTON, N.C. - Police released what could be the final image ever taken of a popular high school counselor before she was found murdered in her apartment nearly two weeks ago.

    Channel 9 never did see investigators leave the police department Tuesday. 

    At one point, an employee even brought in bags of box lunches for the more than half a dozen officers working the case.  

    The chief said they are going over all of the evidence and interviews they conducted Monday when they expanded their search around Maggie Daniels' apartment north of the downtown area.

    On June 28, she was found dead inside her apartment. Since then, police have sealed the search warrant in the case and have not released how she died except to say that it was a murder. 

    Tuesday afternoon police released a photo of Daniels leaving the Walmart in Conover with a friend the day before a neighbor made the gruesome discovery.  

    Police are asking for anyone who saw Daniels on Friday or Saturday -- possibly wearing the same outfit at the Walmart -- to come forward. 

    Channel 9 searched her Twitter page where Daniels tweeted about how proud she was of the students who were graduating from Discovery High School.  

    Her last tweet was about a school bag she received as a gift with her name on it.

    The tweet happened Thursday at 5 p.m. -- two days before her death.

    Police are asking that anyone who may have seen Daniels at Walmart in the afternoon of June 27 to call the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

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

    Read our past coverage:

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    Community heartbroken after teacher’s shocking death

    Investigators follow up on leads in slain counselor case

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