A 28-year-old man from North Carolina was arrested and charged with first degree murder on Thursday, nine years after the murder of a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UNC sophomore Faith Hedgepeth, 19, was found fatally beaten and possibly raped in her off-campus apartment in September 2012. She was naked to the waist and leaning against her bed in a pool of blood, according to FOX 8 at High Point. , North Carolina.
A note saying “I’m not stupid b —- jealous” was found near her body.
Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares, 28, was arrested Thursday after his DNA matched some at the scene. He was not a suspect at the start of the investigation, Chapel Hill Deputy Police Chief Celisa Lehew said at a press conference Thursday, according to The Hill.
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He was held in County Durham Jail without bail.
The authorities did not give a motive for the murder.
“I did nothing but cry and thank God and praise God,” Hedgepeth’s mother Connie said after her arrest. “When I cried it was tears of joy, tears of relief knowing that someone had been arrested in the case.”
Salguero-Olivares’ mother said she didn’t believe her son killed Hedgepeth.
“My son is not a murderer. I believe in my son. I believe him,” she told WRAL-TV in Raleigh. “He said he didn’t know the girl.
Salguero-Olivares’ DNA matched some collected using semen found at the crime scene and a composite description made entirely from DNA, FOX 8 reported.
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“This investigation is not over. Our job is not finished,” Lehew said, according to The Hill. “We will continue to work on this case until all leads are extinguished and all parties with a role or knowledge of this tragedy are brought to justice.”