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Killer of UNC's Hedgepeth left profane note, police say

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Investigators said Faith Hedgepeth had gone out to a local night club with friends the evening before her death. Police said they believe the killer knew Faith Hedgepeth and most likely lived nearby. Investigators said Faith Hedgepeth had gone out to a local night club with friends the evening before her death. Police said they believe the killer knew Faith Hedgepeth and most likely lived nearby.

With the murder of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth nearly two years old, Chapel Hill Police on Thursday released new information on her death, including a chilling note found near her body.

"As we approach the two-year anniversary of Faith's death, we're issuing an appeal to the public for help in finding her killer and with that help, we can bring some peace to Faith's family by bringing her killer to justice,” Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said. 

He said the investigation "is not a cold case," and several investigators have focused on it "exclusively for two years."

Hedgepeth's father, Roland, said, "Whoever did this, whether it was one person or multiple people, are very likely to do it again and these people, or persons, are walking around free.

"They could very easily and very likely murder someone else and I don't want that to happen. I don't want anyone else to have to go through what her mom and her sister, her brothers and sisters and myself have had to go through."

Responding officers found Hedgepeth's body in an apartment bedroom in the View apartment complex located at 5639 Old Chapel Hill Road Sept. 7, 2012.

Her body was found sitting upright against a bed with her shirt pulled up. Hedgepeth, a University of North Carolina junior, had no clothes from the waist down, police said.

Her body was found in a pool of blood and blood spatter was found on the wall and bedroom closet door, police said.

Chapel Hill Police said a note found on the bed is believed to be from the killer. Police said written on a fast-food take-out bag were the words, “I'm not stupid” followed by the words “bitch” and “jealous.”

An autopsy revealed Hedgepeth died of blunt force trauma to the head, authorities said.

Police said DNA from semen collected through a sexual assault kit matched other DNA found at the crime scene.

Authorities believe the DNA belongs to Hedgepeth's murderer.

Through search warrants, police collected hundreds of DNA samples during the investigation. Chapel Hill Police said no match to the DNA found at the crime scene has been made. Police said some people have declined to provide DNA samples.

"We've conducted an extensive investigation and we have excellent evidence. This is a very strong case. What we need to do is connect that case to Faith's killer," Blue said.

Hedgepeth's mother, Connie, said, "Still not knowing after two years, it's really hard."

Finding out who did it, she said, "is not going to change anything."

"But to me, the biggest question is why?" she said.

Hedgepeth and her roommate, Karena Rosario, were at Davis Library on the UNC campus around 7:30 p.m. Sept 6. Both returned to their apartment around midnight.

Later the same night, the two visited The Thrill bar on Rosemary Street. They left together and returned home in Hedgepeth's Nissan Altima at 2:38 a.m., police said. Chapel Hill police said it has surveillance video from The Thrill when the two were there.

Rosario left their apartment around 4:30 a.m., police said.

She found Hedgepeth's body when she returned with a friend at 11 a.m.

Search warrants unsealed in March show police searched Hedgepeth's Facebook account on Sept. 11, 2012, and Rosario's Facebook Oct. 11, 2012. Any evidence taken from those searches has been redacted.

Police seized bedding, pillows, undergarments, clothes and a laptop during the first search of the apartment on Sept. 7, 2012, a search warrant shows. Police returned Sept. 10, 2012, to the apartment and seized more clothes, paperwork, bathroom items and a flat iron.

On Sept. 11, 2012, a Jeep was searched by authorities. The owner of the Jeep had been in a relationship with Rosario, according to Roland Hedgepeth. Police seized items such as shoes, clothes and bedding items from the Jeep.

On July 18, 2012 a domestic violence protection order was put in place against the owner of the Jeep by Rosario. It ordered him to stay away from any place Rosario may be. The protection order accused him of breaking into Rosario's bedroom July 5, 2012, and verbally fighting with her.

He threatened to commit suicide by hanging July 5, 2012, according to the order.

The protection order further accuses him of breaking into Rosario's apartment July 10, 2012, after she had changed locks. He had lived in the apartment and as part of the order, Rosario wanted him to move out. The order was to remain in effect until July 18, 2012; it was served on July 17, 2012.

Court documents also show a white Honda Accord was searched Sept. 12, 2012. Police swabbed the back driver side interior bottom door frame and the driver side backseat seat cushion during the search of the Honda.

In addition to Hedgepeth's apartment, police also searched another unit in the complex.

A reward totaling $40,000 has been pledged from a number of sources.

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.

Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can contact Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crimestoppers at 919-942-7515.


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