These are the statements from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police about the investigation of the death of Valerie Hamilton:
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:11 PM
To: Media Release
Subject: Case Update: Missing Person Advisory / Hamilton
Case Update: September 21, 2010 5:10 p.m.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has received preliminary results from the Medical Examiners Office concerning the death of Valerie Hamilton. The preliminary results do not indicate any sign of traditional physical trauma to Ms. Hamilton's body, i.e. gunshot wounds, stab wounds, strangulation, bludgeoning. Detectives are still awaiting results from the M.E. regarding toxicology and the results of the sexual assault examination kit.
The Homicide Unit immediately began conducting this investigation. The victim left the Thomas Street Tavern with a male that we believe to be the suspect. Video does not exist at that location as was previously reported by several media outlets. It is believed that Ms. Hamilton left with the suspect voluntarily.
Homicide Detectives interviewed many witnesses that observed Ms. Hamilton in the presence of the suspect. Homicide Detectives found evidence of drug usage. Witnesses indicate although alive, she appeared to need immediate medical attention. The suspect did not seek professional medical attention for Ms. Hamilton after being prompted by several independent witnesses to do so.
Detectives believe the suspect moved Ms. Hamilton in an effort to conceal her death and made great efforts to clean up any potential crime scenes before he disposed of her body.
Homicide Detectives continue to aggressively investigate this case to ensure that appropriate charges are filed.
Case Update: September 20, 2010 1:45 p.m.
The stolen Chevy Blazer has been recovered in Niagara Falls, New York. We appreciate your assistance in getting this information out to the public.
Case Update: September 20, 2010 11:25 a.m.
The FBI and U.S. Marshals arrested Michael Neal Harvey this morning in Niagara Falls, New York without incident for the murder of Valerie Hamilton. Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are en route to New York to interview the suspect and work on the extradition process.
The CMPD would like to thank the media and all law enforcement partners including: the FBI, U.S. Marshals, Secret Service and the DEA for their assistance with this case. Detectives are still looking for the White Chevy Blazer involved with the case. If anyone has seen or knows the whereabouts of this vehicle please call 911 immediately, VCAT at 704- 336-VCAT or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Police Chief Rodney Monroe will be available this morning at 11:50 at Police Headquarters.
Case Update: September 19, 2010 1:00 a.m.
This evening, Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department recovered the body of Ms. Valerie Hamilton. Ms. Hamilton's body was found at the Mini-Storage Center at 4500 Monroe Road. Family notification has been made.
Detectives have signed warrants for Murder and Auto Theft for Michael Neal Harvey, W/M, DOB: 11/01/1975. Mr. Harvey is not in custody at this time, however, was last seen in a 1996 White Chevy Blazer, with NC tag: ZXE-1756. Detectives are actively searching for him at this time.
If anyone has seen or know the whereabouts of Michael Neal Harvey, please call 911 immediately, VCAT at 704- 336-VCAT or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Michael Neal Harvey 1996 Chevy Blazer
* The suspect vehicle is either a 2 door or 4 door vehicle; the picture is just for reference purposes
Case Update: Friday, September 17, 2010 11:00 a.m.
Please alert viewers that Ms. Hamilton was last seen at the Thomas Street Tavern with a light skinned white male with short dark hair with some gray in it. The subject was clean shaven, about 5'10" tall and approximately 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing jeans and a t-shirt and did not have any visible tattoos or jewelry (earrings). He is described as in his mid to late thirties, without any facial hair. Please remind viewers that if they have seen Ms. Hamilton since the date/time of her disappearance to call 911 immediately or call 704-334-1600 to speak directly to Detective Martin, the lead detective handling the investigation.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit and Missing Person Unit are conducting a missing person investigation involving Valerie Grace Hamilton. Ms. Hamilton hasn't made contact with family members or her employer and there is some concern about her safety. Mrs. Hamilton was last seen Wednesday, September 15, 2010, between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. at 1228 Thomas Avenue (Thomas Street Tavern). Ms. Hamilton is 23 years old, 125 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes. Ms. Hamilton a very distinctive tattoo on the back of her neck of three stars in a horizontal fashion. If anybody has seen or know the whereabouts of Ms. Hamilton, please call 911 immediately, Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or they may speak directly to Detective Martin at 704-432-TIPS.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
Special Victim's Division
Missing Person's Unit
Detective A.L. Hart
601 East Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202