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Raleigh Police Say Murder Victim's Car May Be Key To Case

Posted February 14, 2003

— Two weeks after Raleigh police stumbled onto the body of a nursing student near Dorothea Dix Hospital, detectives are calling for the public's help.

Shirley Lang's body was found in the woods near Dorothea Dix Hospital on Jan. 29. Police said she was last seen three days earlier, on Super Bowl Sunday.

Lt. Chris Morgan of the Raleigh Police Department said he feels strongly that Lang died that Sunday.

Police said Lang's car may be the key to solving the case. It was found in the parking lot of Dix Hospital, where she did her student nursing rotation.

"We're asking anyone who saw her or her vehicle on that day please contact the Raleigh Police Department's Major Task Force," Morgan said.

Lang was found in her hospital scrubs, even though she was not scheduled to work.

"At this point, we've got several possibilities we're speculating on. Right now it is just that -- speculation," Morgan said.

Morgan said learning how Lang's car got to the Dix campus is very important to the case. He believes someone saw something.

"Sometimes they don't recognize what they've seen. Sometimes they don't realize how important it could be, and therefore, they wait for someone else to come forward," Morgan said.

According to a search warrant, Raleigh police are looking at the nursing student's husband as a suspect.

Daniel Lang is already in jail for allegedly raping a patient at Dorothea Dix Hospital where he worked as a health technician.

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