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Suspect arrested in Concord police chief daughter's death

Posted September 20, 2010 11:54 a.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2010 2:53 p.m. EDT

— 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.