FAITH Hedgepeth, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was found beaten to death in her friend’s off-campus apartment on September 7, 2012.
Almost a decade since her murder went unsolved, Chapel Hill police made an arrest in connection to Hedgepether’s death on September 16.
Faith Hedgepeth was found brutally beaten to death in her friend’s off-campus apartment on September 7, 2012[/caption]
What was the note discovered in Faith Hedgepeth’s apartment?
On the morning of September 7, 2012, Karena Rosario found her friend Hedgepeth severely beaten to death in her bedroom.
Autopsy results concluded that Hedgepeth had been brutally beaten and raped.
Investigators found the murder weapon – an empty Bacardi Peach Rum bottle – evidence of semen and male DNA at the crime scene.
Hedgepeth, 19, was last seen early that morning when she went to bed after returning from a local nightclub with her roommate.
On the bed next to Hedgepeth’s body was a handwritten note scribbled on a bag from a fast-food restaurant.
According to ABC11, the note reportedly read: “I’m not stupid b****. Jealous.”
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Investigators said they believed the killer wrote the note.
According to police, the writer expressed jealousy and is among many documents released by police two years after the crime.
Who was arrested in connection to Faith Hedgepeth’s death?
On September 16, the Chapel Hill Police Department announced the arrest of Miguel Enrique Oliveras, 28, of Durham.
The 28-year-old suspect has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail.
“Patience will be asked of you. This story will take time to completely unfold,” Police Chief Chris Blue said in a press conference.
“This investigation is not complete. Our work is not done,” added Assistant Chief Celisa Lehew.
Authorities did not comment on whether Oliveras would also be charged with a sex crime, as investigators at the time said Faith was brutally beaten and raped.
Police also would not comment on Olivares’ relationship to Faith or whether there was one.
Miguel Enrique Oliveras, 28, was arrested on September 16 in connection to the murder of Faith Hedgepeth[/caption]
However, they said Olivares was not considered a suspect from the very beginning of the case.
“When I got the news this morning, I didn’t do anything but cry, and thank God,” Hedgepeth’s mother, Connie, said.
“When I cried, it was tears of joy, tears of relief, knowing that someone had been arrested in her case.”
“It’s been a long nine years. It was an honor to be Faith’s dad,” her dad Roland said.
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