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The Latest Faith Hedgepeth Murder Investigation Details

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***Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue Addresses the Media***

• At approximately 11:00am on September 7, 2012, officers with the Chapel Hill Police Department received a call to the Hawthorne at the View apartment complex located at 5639 Old Chapel Hill Road in reference to a possible dead body located in apartment 1502.

• When officers arrived, they were greeted by the primary tenant of apartment 1502, Karena Rosario, who advised that she had found the victim, Faith Hedgepeth, inside and that she was unresponsive.

• Officers located Faith Hedgepeth dead in a bedroom inside. Faith’s body was found on the floor leaning against the bed with her shirt pulled up; she had no clothes on from the waist down.

• There was pooled blood near her body and blood spatter on the wall and bedroom closet door. A note written on a take-out fast-food bag was also located on the bed.

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• An autopsy determined that Faith’s death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head resulting from a beating.

• A sexual assault kit was collected, which revealed the presence of semen. It was determined that the DNA profile generated from this semen matched other DNA evidence which was also recovered from the crime scene. Investigators believe that this DNA belongs to the person responsible for Faith Hedgepeth’s murder.

• Investigators determined that, prior to her death, Faith Hedgepeth and Karena Rosario visited Davis Library on the UNC campus at approximately 7:30 pm and arrived home shortly after midnight. At a little before 1AM on Sept 7th, they arrived at the Wallace Parking Deck on East Rosemary Street and walked to The Thrill bar. Hedgepeth and Rosario left the bar together at 2:38 am and drove home in Faith’s car, a white Nissan Altima. Investigators believe the pair returned home and that Rosario left the apartment at 4:27 am. Rosario returned home with a friend at approx. 11 am that morning, at which time she discovered Hedgepeth’s body.

The Chapel Hill Police Department says it has surveillance from The Thrill.

• Investigators of the Chapel Hill Police Department and agents of the NC SBI, have collected hundreds of items of evidence; interviewed friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, classmates, etc. and consulted with experts in various scientific fields of study.

• Investigators have executed numerous search warrants and court orders for computers, cellular phones, social media accounts, financial records, etc. Investigators have asked persons of interest to provide oral DNA swabs so that their DNA could be compared to the DNA profile of the offender. Hundreds of DNA samples have been collected and analyzed during the course of this investigation. None of the samples have been found to match the DNA profile of the offender.

• Investigators have excellent evidence in this case and we are making a public appeal for any information that will help us tie that evidence to Faith’s killer.

• This is not a cold case. It has been and remains an active investigation.

• Reward money has been pledged from a number of sources and there is over $40,000 in reward money available in this case.

If anyone has information that they wish to provide, please contact investigators at 919-614-6363. If you call this number, you will speak directly to one of the Investigators who are assigned to this case and are familiar with it. This number will be staffed 24 hours a day. You can also submit a time online at www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

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Hedgepeth Murder Information To Be Released

Updated 6:25 a.m., July 3, 2014

Investigative documents and 911 calls regarding the murder investigation of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth were unsealed Wednesday, according to the Daily Tar Heel.

Durham County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ordered the redacted search warrants and un-redacted 911 calls to be released after The Daily Tar Heel, Capital Broadcasting Company, Inc. and the News and Observer Publishing Company filed the motion to halt the sealing orders on March 3.

A 911 call tells how Hedgepeth’s roommate, Karena Rosario, found her face down in her bedroom. She told the 911 operator that she believed someone was in their apartment and even Rosario’s room.

The search warrants released were heavily redacted, but they showed that the Facebook accounts and laptops of Rosario were search, the apartment was search on September 7 and 10, and that police searched a 2012 Jeep on September 11.

Nineteen-year-old, Hedgepeth was found dead by her friends in her off-campus apartment on September 7, 2012.

The cause of death remains sealed, although Hedgepeth’s parents have said they believe she was beaten to death.

Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback first asked the court to seal the documents three days after Hedgepath’s death, to keep from “compromising the investigation.” Since then, the documents have been sealed every 60 days, until the motion to halt the orders was filed.

According to the state’s previous motion to keep the documents sealed, there were search warrants for a 1977 Honda Accord, a unit in Hedgepeth’s apartment complex, and her own apartment, WNCN reported. Investigators also searched a laptop and a Facebook account.

Stanback told WCHL News in September of 2013 that he would seek to keep the documents sealed for as long as the courts allow.

The Durham District Attorney’s Office will prosecute a suspect, should any arrests be made, though the Chapel Hill Police Department is the investigating agency.

On January 8 of this year, the CHPD released details of the investigation, including DNA of a male suspect found at the scene.

Authorities continue to seek any information that could help in the investigation. Anyone with information should call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

A reward up to $39,000 is available to anyone with information that can help solve the case.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/hedgepeth-murder-information-released/

Hedgepeth Murder Documents To Remain Sealed, Judge To Review Case Info.

A Durham Court judge denied a motion to unseal search warrants and 911 calls regarding the unsolved murder investigation of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth, the Durham Superior Court Clerk’s office confirmed.

Hedgepeth, 19, was found murdered in her off-campus apartment on September 7, 2012. The apartment complex was inside Durham County lines. Authorities have said they don’t believe the crime was a random act, thought they haven’t disclosed how she was killed or information about possible suspects.

For 18 months, Durham District Attorney Leon Stanback has requested that the court to reseal the documents, which were sealed three days after Hedgepath’s death, to keep from “compromising the investigation.”

According to the state’s motion to keep the documents sealed, there were search warrants for a 1977 Honda Accord,  a unit in Hedgepeth’s apartment complex and her own apartment, WNCN reportedInvestigators also searched a laptop and a Facebook account.

Stanback told WCHL News in September of 2013 that he would seek to keep the documents sealed for as long as the courts allow.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning said Wednesday that the documents, including the autopsy report, would remain sealed until he reviews them, without specifying how long the process would take, according to multiple news outlets.

Earlier this month, several Triangle media companies filed a motion asking the court to unseal the case documents, which was heard in court Wednesday.

The Durham District Attorney’s Office will prosecute a suspect, should any arrests be made, though the Chapel Hill Police Department is the investigating agency.

On January 8 of this year, the CHPD released details of the investigation, including DNA of a male suspect found at the scene.

Chapel Hill Police continue to express that this is not a cold case and that it is continuing to follow leads.

The Daily Tar Heel reported this week that police did not request video evidence that might have revealed information about the hours leading up to Hedgepeth’s murder.

On the evening of her death, Hedgepeth and her roommate went to The Thrill, a bar on E. Rosemary St. George King, the owner of George’s Towing and Recovery, has more than a dozen video cameras in the area, which could have captured footage of Hedgepeth leaving the bar, though it is recorded over every few weeks.

But King said Chapel Hill Police never requested footage collected on his cameras the night she was found murdered, according to the Daily Tar Heel.

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Authorities continue  to seek any information that could help in the investigation. Anyone with information should call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

A reward up to $39,000 is available to anyone with information that can help solve the case.

 

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/faith-hedgepeth-murder-documents-remain-sealed-judge-review-case-info/

Hedgepeth Investigative Documents Sealed An Additional 60 Days

DURHAM – The courts are closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, so the Durham County District Attorney asked Judge Michael O’Foghludha to keep the investigative documents in the murder case of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth sealed an additional 60 days.

The previous order expires Monday. Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks told WCHL that Judge O’Foghludha signed the order on Friday.

Hedgepeth was found murdered in her off-campus apartment on September 7, 2012.

On January 8, Chapel Hill Police released details of the investigation including DNA of a male suspect found at the scene. Little information has been released other than that.

The Chapel Hill Police Department continues to express that this is not a cold case and that it is continuing to follow leads.

Police continue seeking any information that could help in the investigation. Call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

A reward up to $39,000 is still available to someone submitting information that assists in the case.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/hedgepeth-investigative-documents-sealed-additional-60-days/

Durham DA To Request Hedgepeth Investigation Docs Resealed Sixth Time

DURHAM – Another 60-day period has come and gone, and once again the Durham County District Attorney will ask the North Carolina Superior Court to seal the murder investigation documents of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth.

Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks told WCHL that she is waiting to present the request to Judge Orlando Hudson when his schedule allows. Hudson signed the fifth order to seal the documents in mid-September.

Hedgepeth was found murdered in her off-campus apartment on September 7, 2012.

On January 8, Chapel Hill Police released details of the investigation including DNA of a male suspect found at the scene. Little information has been released other than that.

The Chapel Hill Police Department continues to express that this is not a cold case and that it is continuing to follow leads.

Police continue seeking any information that could help in the investigation. Call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

A reward up to $39,000  is still available to someone submitting information that assists in the case.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/durham-da-to-request-hedgepeth-investigation-docs-resealed-sixth-time/

CHPD Seeks Additional Help From SBI In Hedgepeth Investigation

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Police Department has asked the State Bureau of Investigation for additional help in the murder of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth.

The Chapel Hill News reports that SBI spokeswoman Jennifer Canada confirmed in an email that Police Chief Chris Blue requested the help from the SBI in the off-campus murder. The SBI served a limited role in the early parts of the investigation, including the discovery of a male suspect’s DNA and a profile of that person.

Hedgepeth was found dead in her apartment on September 7 of last year at the Hawthorne on the View complex on Old Chapel Hill Road.

The investigative documents and 911 calls have been sealed by court order since the murder. On September 30, Durham County Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson signed a 60-day order to reseal the documents for the fifth time.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chpd-seeks-additional-help-from-sbi-in-hedgepeth-investigation/

D.A. Seeks To Reseal Hedgepeth Murder Investigation Documents

DURHAM – Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of 19-year-old UNC student Faith Hedgepeth, and Tuesday marks the date in which court documents will once again be presented to a Durham County judge.

Three days after Hedgepeth was found dead in her apartment by her roommate, Judge Orlando Hudson sealed the investigation’s documents along with the 911 call. Since then, the documents have been sealed three additional times. Tuesday marks the end of another 60-day period in which the documents were sealed.

Assistant District Attorney, Charlene Franks, says the D.A. will once again present the documents to Judge Hudson and ask that they be sealed an another 60 days. On Friday, interim D.A. Leon Stanback told WCHL that the reason he continues to ask the court to keep the documents sealed is that he and investigators believe there is information in the materials that may tip off the suspect.

On January 8, Chapel Hill Police released details of the investigation including DNA of a male suspect found at the scene. Little information has been released other than that.

The Chapel Hill Police Department continues to express that this is not a cold case and that it is continuing to follow leads.

Police are still seeking any information that could help in the investigation. Call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/d-a-seeks-to-reseal-hedgepeth-murder-investigation-documents/

Remembering Faith Hedgepeth 1 Yr. After Her Murder

CHAPEL HILL – Even if you never knew Faith Hedgepeth, just looking at a picture of the 19-year-old, you could still feel the warmth radiating from her smile. On Saturday, a year will have passed since the UNC student was murdered in her apartment, and yet her killer’s identity remains a mystery.

To remember Faith, the Carolina community is coming together on Saturday evening with a memorial walk across campus.

Amy Locklear-Hertel is the Director of UNC American Indian Center. Faith, who belonged to Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, was a member of the Center. Locklear will be speaking at the event Saturday at 7:30 p.m., beginning at the Bell Tower Amphitheater.

Following brief remarks, the UNC a capella groups, Harmonyx and Unheard Voices, will perform a musical tribute. A silent walk will start at the amphitheater and end at the Old Well, where participants will leave carnations in honor of Faith.

“She was just beautiful, just stunning and had just this warmth about her that you just wanted to talk to her and engage her because she was so welcoming and just this innocence and trusting about her.” Hertel said.

She added, “There will be people all across [the state] remembering Faith on Saturday, and we are all keeping the faith that there will be closure hopefully to this case in the not-so-distant future.”

Faith’s body was found by her roommate at 11 a.m. on September 7 of last year in their Hawthorne at the View apartment.  Chapel Hill police announced in January that they had found a man’s DNA evidence at the scene, but are still searching for the killer. The apartment complex is inside the Durham County line, and the Durham District Attorney’s Office will prosecute a suspect, if one is ever found, though the CHPD is the investigating agency.

Interim Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback says that his office will continue to ask the courts to keep the investigation documents sealed to protect information that only investigators and her killer would know.

“We feel that the information contained in those files may tend to compromise our investigation so they are going to be sealed for as long as the courts will permit us to leave them sealed,” Stanback said.

The CHPD issued a public appeal Thursday asking for the community to help provide information surrounding the murder.

“The fact that there’s no closure, it is one thing to lose someone, a significant member of your community, and it is another to not have closure over that loss because someone was taken unfairly.” Hertel said.

And the UNC campus hasn’t forgotten the 19 year old, who was 19 days from her 20th birthday at the time of her death. Her college advisor, Marcus Collins, mentored Faith as part of the UNC Summer Bridge Program and also did work with the American Indian Center.

“There was something about her, and you sensed this welcoming spirit. She had just a positive energy, and we often comment about her smile and how it would light up the room,” Collins said.

Collins says Faith’s death had a significant impact on the entire campus, especially the close Native American community. Through interaction with Faith’s peers and professors, he says her spirit is still a part of their daily lives.

“You want justice to this situation. It is my hope that it is the reason that we don’t have answers because they are continuing to solidify what they need in this case to make that happen,” Collins said.

Hertel says she looks forward to Saturday’s ceremony as a time to remember Faith and recognize that her killer has not yet been brought to justice.

“No one wants her memory to be forgotten and we certainly want to maintain a public awareness about the case so that it can be solved,” Hertel said.

Anyone with information should call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/remembering-faith-hedgepeth-one-year-after-her-murder/

Documents Resealed in Hedgepeth Murder Case

DURHAM- Nearly a year has passed since the slaying of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth, but we still don’t know the details of her death.

On Friday Judge Orlando Hudson once again signed an order to reseal the documents in the case. That order stands for 60 days, at which time the Durham District Attorney’s Office could either release the information or request that the records be resealed.

The records have been sealed repeatedly since Hedgepeth’s body was found by her roommate in her off-campus apartment on September 7, 2012.

Investigators have released little information since then, but informed the public at the time that neither the campus nor community were in immediate danger.

In January, information regarding DNA evidence of the suspected killer, a timeline of the night of her death, and a suspect profile were released. The cause of death has not been revealed.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/documents-resealed-in-hedgepeth-murder-case/

Hedgepeth Murder Investigation Documents Likely To Be Resealed

DURHAM – Another 60 days has come and gone, and Durham County Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks says another order to seal the documents in the murder investigation of UNC student, Faith Hedgepeth, will likely be made this week.

On May 14, a Durham County Judge resealed the documents for 60 days—an order that expires Thursday. Franks says the court date is dependent upon court schedules.

*Franks told WCHL Thursday morning that the DA’s office will motion to have the documents resealed. That motion will be heard by Judge Orlando Hudson next week.

Hedgpeth was found dead in her off-campus apartment by her roommate on September 7, 2012. Investigators released little information initially but informed people that neither the campus nor community were in immediate danger. In January, information regarding DNA evidence of the suspected killer, a timeline of the night of her death, and a suspect profile were released. The cause of death has still not been announced.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/hedgepeth-murder-investigation-documents-likely-to-be-resealed/