Published: Sep 20, 2010 5:28 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 20, 2010 2:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say the suspect in the killing of a North Carolina police chief's daughter has been caught in NY.

Michael Neal Harvey was arrested Monday morning in Niagara Falls, N.Y. in the killing of Valerie Hamilton. Hamilton's body was found over the weekend in a self-storage unit in North Carolina.

Her father, Concord, N.C., police chief Merl Hamilton, had issued an emotional plea hours earlier for help finding the suspect.

Harvey, a former Niagara Falls, N.Y., resident, was convicted of rape in that state. His North Carolina criminal record includes failing to register as a sex offender and felony

breaking-and-entering.