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Suspect arrested in Concord police chief daughter's death

Posted September 20, 2010

— The FBI and U.S. marshals on Monday morning arrested the suspect in the slaying of the daughter of Concord's police chief.

Michael Neal Harvey, 34, of 7321 Pebblestone Drive in Charlotte, was arrested without incident in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on a murder charge in the death of Valerie Hamilton, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said.

Hamilton, 23, of Charlotte, was the daughter of Concord Police Chief Merl Hamilton.

She was reported missing Wednesday after she failed to show up for work. Police found her body early Sunday at a mini-storage facility in Charlotte. Investigators haven't said how she died.

Harvey was convicted in 1996 of felony first-degree sexual abuse of a woman in Niagara Falls and was sentenced to three to six years in prison.

North Carolina Department of Correction records show that he was sentenced to probation in 2006 after being convicted in this state of  failing to register as a sex offender.

He is still serving 30 months on probation for recent convictions for felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and shoplifting.

Investigators have not said if Harvey and Hamilton knew each other.

Hamilton was last seen leaving Thomas Street Tavern in Charlotte early Wednesday with a white man in his 30s. Her purse and identification were found inside her car, which was left in the bar's parking lot, the tavern's manager told WBTV-TV in Charlotte.


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  • Snookyone Sep 21, 2010

    Why was a person with a violent criminal history loose on the streets?

    I have a suggestion to save the state money. Release the prisoners who are there for non-violent crimes and monitor them with bracelets, etc. Have them work and support their families. Replace them with those who have a violent history like Mr. Harvey here.

  • exposure102 Sep 21, 2010

    Hang 'em high

  • Mugu Sep 21, 2010

    I am shocked that if this guys stole or sold drugs, he would still be in prison. The system is down.

  • Godschild43 Sep 21, 2010

    Prayers being lifted up for this family

  • soyousay Sep 21, 2010

    O..Just let the families of their victims have free reign on them for as long as the criminal had their loved one.

    Utterly charming and fundementally stupid, do you sit around much dreaming these little fantasies?

  • ORMA Sep 20, 2010

    Forget paying the taxes to house these criminals long term. Studies have shown that there is very little effect in rehabilitating them so what is the point of them going to prison at all? Just let the families of their victims have free reign on them for as long as the criminal had their loved one.

  • Prancy Sep 20, 2010

    I have no problem with very long sentences for violent criminals, however, it seems that the people who yell the loudest and complain the most about how liberals let people out of prison too early, are the same people who don't want to pay taxes to pay for those prisons.

    Everyone wants all the dangerous people locked up, but nobody wants to pay more money to build or enlarge the prisons.

  • UPTOP Sep 20, 2010

    If you notice, the system will give more time to a drug dealer than someone charged with a sexual assult. That's why this guy was able to sit at a bar and check out his next prey !!! Prayers go out to the family...

  • tracker Sep 20, 2010

    @the seeker
    we cannot find and catch all these predators roaming in our society and dump them into jail. This is proven and just impossible. All that a woman can do is to think rationally and act sensibly. Early morning hours in a bar? Think, she is a working woman too. I strongly believe that she herself put in that situation. That is not a responsible behaviour for a woman to practice. Sorry to disagree to this...just my opinion.

  • the seeker Sep 20, 2010

    To the parents of this young lady i say i am sorry for your loss.

    to tracker your statement only she could have stopped this was her. This is rediculous the person that could have prevent this was the predator and also the judicial system. just as with Alfred Mangabell if they were not in society they could not have victimized these ladies. People in the country should be free to go anywhere without even thinking something like this could happen.

    Once again they should be put away for life or have their life taken from them.