Chapel Hill Police on Thursday charged a man with murder in the 2012 murder of a University of North Carolina student, who was beaten to death.
Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares, 28, of Durham, North Carolina, has been arrested in connection with the death of Faith Hedgepeth, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said at a press conference covered by several media outlets. “Today’s announcement marks the next phase of the investigation,” he said.
Salguero-Olivares is charged with first degree murder and is being held without bail. We don’t know if he has a lawyer. Deputy Police Chief Celisa Lehew said the investigation was not complete, but provided no further details.
Hedgepeth, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was 19 when her roommate found her body in their off-campus apartment on September 7, 2012. An autopsy showed Hedgepeth had suffered cuts to her head and body. face and skull fractures, and she was also severely beaten on her arms and legs.
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Police did not disclose any details of Salguero-Olivares’ arrest, or his relationship with the victim, Raleigh News & Observer reported. Attending the press conference were the parents of the victim Roland and Connie Hedgepeth, NorthCarolina Attorney General Josh Stein, County Durham District Attorney Satana Deberry, and other local officials, including those from the State Bureau of Investigations.
“When I heard the news this morning, I did nothing but cry and thank God,” Connie Hedgepeth said at the press conference. “When I cried it was tears of joy, tears of relief knowing that someone had been arrested in her case.”
When Deputy Police Chief Celisa Lehew called him “and told me they had made an arrest, my mind … I came back in September 2012,” said Roland Hedgepeth, according to a report from NBC WRAL affiliate in Raleigh. “It’s been nine years and nine days. I want to thank God for allowing me to stay alive to see this day.”
Several TV documentaries and podcasts have been produced on the Hedgepeth case, the News & Observer noted, including an October 2020 episode of the real Crime Junkie podcast.
Contribution: The Associated Press
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