Police Chief: No Arrest Imminent in Lauren Giddings Case

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Video: Police Chief: No Arrest Imminent in Lauren Giddings Case

  • Scene outside apartment complex on Thursday morning, July 14.
  • Chief Mike Burns at Village Green news conference

Macon Police Chief Mike Burns says no arrest appears imminent in the Lauren Giddings homicide case.

"Hopefully we can make an arrest today but I don't see that happening," the chief said during a news conference Wednesday.

He said they still haven't gotten forensic test results from the FBI, although they've exchanged emails with the federal investigators. Police said they thought they would have results back this Monday or Tuesday, but now say they don't think they'll get a full report this week.

The FBI is testing evidence for traces of blood, fibers, DNA and fingerprints. Some evidence was flown to their headquarters in Quantico, and other items were shipped overnight, Burns said.

Macon Regional Crimestoppers head Warren Selby said some people in the community have come forward to offer $11,000 in reward money in the case. That's in addition to the usual $1,000 Crimestoppers reward for tips.

He said the donors include both friends and family of Giddings and other people in the community who were concerned by the case.

Earlier Wednesday, District Attorney Greg Winters said new leads in the investigation had led police to search the apartment of Giddings' neighbor Stephen McDaniel last night. Wednesday afternoon, Burns would not describe what new leads police have, but he did say "correspondence" with the FBI and clues investigators picked up led them back to McDaniel's apartment. Police also processed McDaniel's car, he said.

McDaniel has been described as a "person of interest" in the case. Investigators were seen removing items from his apartment late last night.

Burns said police have not spoken with McDaniel since he was jailed Friday, July 1 for two unrelated burglary charges. Burns said they have not tried to interview him since his arrest.

As of Wednesday evening, police officers had already worked more than 400 hours of overtime investigating Lauren Giddings' killing. Burns said the case has affected many officers personally.

"Many of us have daughters," he said.

Anyone with information on the case can call Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.


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