North Carolina authorities have a suspect in custody, in connection with the 2012 death of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill student, Faith Hedgepeth.
According to WRAL, Chapel police arrested Miguel Enrique Olivares on Thursday and charged him with first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing Faith, who was just 19 when she died.
Faith was found beaten to death inside her in her friend’s off-campus apartment in Chapel Hill, on September 7, 2012. Autopsy reports indicate she was cut, bruised, and suffered a skull fracture. She was found partially nude with a blanket wrapped around her, in a bedroom seeping with blood.
Thanks to the NC State Bureau of Investigation, the State Crime Lab, Chapel Hill Police and other law enforcement who worked relentlessly and have never given up on solving the murder of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth more than 9 years ago. Arrest made this morning. – RC
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) September 16, 2021
NBC News reports that investigators found a fast-food bag near Faith’s body, with a hand-written note stating, “IM NOT STUPID. BITCH,” and “JEALOUS.”
At the beginning of the investigation, according to Chapel Hill Assistant Chief of Police Celisa Lehew, Olivares wasn’t considered a person of interest. However, Olivares’ DNA sample sent to the State Crime Lab matched DNA found at the crime scene.
“When I got the news this morning, I didn’t do anything but cry, and thank God,” Faith’s mother, Connie Hedgepeth, said. “When I cried, it was tears of joy, tears of relief, knowing that someone had been arrested in her case.”
Faith earned a scholarship to UNC and would have been the first in her family to become a college graduate. She wanted to become a pediatrician and eventually return home and help her community in Warren County.
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