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Police Seek Public's Help In School Counselor Murder Investigation

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Maggie Daniels
Maggie Daniels

Police in North Carolina are asking for the public's help in the case of a popular school counselor who was murdered in June.

Maggie Daniels, 31, was found dead in her Newton home June 28. Although more than 100 people have been interviewed in the case, and several persons of interest have been eliminated as suspects, police are still piecing together the timeline in the killing, and are asking witnesses to come forward.

"We’d like anybody who had contact with Maggie or who saw her even a week prior to [the discovery] of her body," Newton Police Chief Donald Brown told WSOC. "Give us a call."

Daniels, a 2011 Teacher of the Year, worked at Newton-Conover High School, where she was a beloved guidance counselor and coach.

"She was always willing to help somebody. She went the extra mile," Shynese Whitener, one of Daniels' former players, told ABC News.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry at Daniels' apartment, which she often left unlocked so students could drop by, according to ABC News.

A cause of death has not been released, but investigators are treating the case as a homicide. Neighbors said the lack of a suspect more than two weeks into the investigation is worrisome.

"It's scary because you don't know who it is, and you're always looking behind your back," Mica Weaver, who lives nearby, told WSOC.

Police say they are following hundred of leads, and are searching Daniels' social media accounts and her phone and financial records for clues.

According to WSOC:

Last week, Channel 9 reported about a post on her Twitter page where someone told her to "be careful about a neighbor" and encouraged her to take "self-defense courses." [Police] would not confirm if that's a big clue in the case.

Some of Daniels' belongings were taken to a state crime lab for analysis earlier this week, according to WBTV.

Cleveland.com reports a neighbor who found Daniels' body told a dispatcher the woman looked as if she'd been in her apartment for at least a day.

"It shook me up when I saw her," the unidentified man, who called Daniels his friend, told a dispatcher.

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