POLICE have detained a man in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old college student Faith Hedgepeth.
Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares, 28, was arrested nine years after the incident took place.
Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares is facing charges of first degree murder[/caption]
Who is Miguel Salguero-Olivares?
Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares, from Durham, North Carolina, is a suspect in the Hedgepeth case.
He was arrested “without incident” on September 16.
Why has Miguel Olivares been arrested?
Local reports suggest that Olivares is now facing charges of first degree murder.
However, police declined to comment on whether the suspected killer had any prior relationship with the victim or whether he would also be charged with sex offences.
Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said: “Patience will be asked of you. This story will take time to completely unfold.”
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Assistant Chief Celisa Lehew added: “This investigation is not complete. Our work is not done.”
Attorney General Josh Stein said: “Yesterday, with a sample provided by law enforcement of the suspect, the state crime lab generated a match to a DNA profile derived from the original crime scene.
“As a result, an arrest nearly a decade in the making has been made. To the murderers and rapists, no matter how long ago you committed your crime, we will never stop coming for you.”
A 2016 computer-generated composite of the suspect also matches the description of Silguero-Olivares, they added.
Faith’s mother Connie said: “When I got news this morning I didn’t do anything but cry.
“And thank God and praise God because I put it in his hands and it was his timing.”
“It’s been a long nine years,” her dad Roland added.
Student Hedgepeth, 19, was found dead in her apartment in 2012[/caption]
What happened to Faith Hedgepeth?
University of North Carolina student Hedgepeth, 19, was found dead in her off-campus apartment in September 2012.
Her roommate Karena Rosario told police there was “blood everywhere.”
A handwritten note was found next to her body, written on a fast-food bag, which read “I’m not stupid, b***h, jealous”.
Hedgepeth and Rosario had been on a night out together before the teen was found dead.
Rosario had left their off campus home in the early hours and when she returned later that morning is said to have found her friend dead.
Chief Blue had said in 2014: “What we lack is that key piece of information that can help us connect the strong case with the killer.”
Hedgepeth had been beaten over the head with a blunt instrument and raped before she died.
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