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.
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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