CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — New information has been released about the 2012 murder of 19-year-old UNC-Chapel Hill student at her off-campus apartment, according to WTVD.
Faith Hedgepeth was found dead in her apartment by her roommate on Sept. 7, 2012. No arrests have been made and details of the case have been sealed until now.
“She’s unconscious. I just walked in. There’s blood everywhere,” said Karena Rosario in the 911 call that was made public this past July. “I can’t believe this. Someone had to have been in there.”
When officers arrived, they found Hedgepeth dead in a bedroom. Her body was on the floor leaning against the bed with her shirt pulled up. She was unclothed from the waist down.
Police say there was blood pooled near her body and blood spatter on the wall and bedroom closet door.
A handwritten note on a take-out fast food bag was found on the bed. It reads: “I’m not stupid bitch. Jealous.”
An autopsy revealed Hedgepeth died from blunt force trauma to the head in a beating.
A sexual assault kit was collected which showed the presence of male semen. Investigators say DNA from that semen matched other DNA evidence collected at the scene. Detectives say they believe the DNA belongs to Hedgepeth’s killer.
The night prior to her death, Hedgepeth and Rosario were at the Davis Library on the UNC campus. They got home just after midnight and then went back out. They arrived at the Wallace Parking Deck on East Rosemary Street just before 1 a.m. and walked to the Thrill bar.
Hedgepeth and Rosario left the bar together at 2:38 a.m. and drove back to the Old Durham Road apartment in Hedgepeth’s white Nissan Altima.
Police say Rosario left the apartment again at 4:27 a.m. She returned at approximately 11 a.m. with a friend and found Hedgepeth’s body.
Police are still investigating the case.
Over $40,000 in reward money is available.
Anyone with information is asked to call investigators on their 24-hour hotline at (919) 614-6363. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at (919) 942-7515 or log on to www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.