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Autopsy Finds Overdose Killed Daughter of NC Chief

Autopsy Finds Overdose Killed Daughter of NC Chief

The Buffalo News via YellowBrix

January 23, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA – An autopsy has determined the 23-year-old daughter of a North Carolina police chief died from a lethal mix of heroin and cocaine— as the Niagara Falls native charged in her death claimed months ago.

Michael Neal Harvey, a convicted sex offender described by police as a heavy heroin user, had told his mother during a spare moment in a court hearing in September that Valerie Hamilton died of a drug overdose.

“It was an accident, mom. She OD’d,” Harvey said during the hearing in Niagara County Court that set the stage for his return to North Carolina to face charges in Hamilton’s death.

His mother, Rose Harvey, and three other family members hurried from the courtroom after the proceeding without talking to reporters.

North Carolina authorities searched for Hamilton for several days after she disappeared from a Charlotte tavern in September. They found her body in a nearby storage unit. She was the daughter of Merl Hamilton, police chief of the Charlotte-area city of Concord.

Harvey, 35, was with Hamilton the night she was last seen, and police charged him with murder. Police say that witnesses told Harvey he should seek medical attention for Hamilton but that he did not.

The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Friday that pathologists determined the amount of cocaine and heroin found in Hamilton’s body was lethal and noted a needle mark on her right arm.

The day before the autopsy results were announced, Harvey appeared in a Mecklenburg County, N. C., courtroom to face charges unrelated to Hamilton’s death, including being a habitual felon and possessing a gun and drug paraphernalia.

During the hearing, his attorney said they were interested in a plea deal, but prosecutors said no offer has been made.

  • Cruise_2014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump, Djfludd! Condolences to the Chief and his family.

  • Dolphins_fantasy_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers to the Chief and his family.

  • Maa_class_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    wow, what a way to cut a life short. Prayers go out to the Chief and his family for their loss...

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    rhode is correct. He still needs to be charged with negligent homicide as he refused to take her to the ER which caused her death from the OD after being told to. Additionally charge him with improper disposal of a corpse, failing to report a death, and whatever else they think will stick.
    I feel sorry for the Chief as drugs can and do attack many families, even through no fault of the parents. Cocaine and crack are two of the worst to drag people into this terrible life. At least she can finally RIP.

  • John_groh_max50


    over 3 years ago


    bump rhood on this one.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    a few years ago my nephew was arrested by the DTF for a small bag of marijuana. 1 of the officers told my sister "he felt his family was safer with my nephew off the road"......2 weeks later this same officers brother (who is also a memeber of this DTF team) went home with their 2 kids and in front of em his wife killed herself..My question is.......would she have been safer on a road full of drunks?

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    this chief had no idea his daughter was a junkie?

  • 063_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Valerie. My prayers are with family and Chief Hamilton. My opinion, murder chartges are correct.

  • Radio2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My prayers go out to the Chief and his family.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    A sad loss for the Chief and his family. To dump her in a storage unit shows you what a lowlife this clown was.

  • M_1fea71ddb46bbfd4ee7416f03a00ad38_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Allen705 that was nothing short of tacky. I truly hope your words don't come back to bite you in the ass. Hopefully you and your kids are perfect and nothing tragic will ever happen to them. My sincere prayers go out to the Chief and his family. No one should ever have to bury a child.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    R.I.P. Valerie... My prayers go out to the Chief and Family and god bless them all .............

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Valerie. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Chief and his family.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I am sorry for your loss Chief. Speed-balling can kill you when the high wears off and the sedative of heroin takes over the respiratory system. Cops and preachers do NOT always raise "screwed up kids". "There but for the Grace of God go I"...............RIP

  • 012_max50


    over 3 years ago


    So sad, sorry Chief for your loss. As for what was in her system, if there was only one needle mark then I must agree with DJfludd. Looks like the POS put the stuff in her system, wouldnt be the first time someone had done something like that

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