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Discovery of DNA prompts profile of UNC student's killer

Posted January 8, 2013

Faith Hedgepeth

— FBI analysts on Tuesday issued a profile of the man they believe killed a University of North Carolina student last fall after police found DNA evidence in her apartment.

Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, 19, was found in her bedroom at her off-campus apartment in Chapel Hill on Sept. 7.

Chapel Hill police said Hedgepeth and her roommate went to The Thrill, a local nightclub, the previous night and that she was last known to be alive at 3 a.m. on Sept. 7.

Faith Hedgepeth death DNA could be critical break to solve UNC student's slaying

Although police have said they do not believe her death was random, they have not publicly identified any suspects.

Investigators said the North Carolina State Crime Lab has found DNA left in the apartment by an unidentified man. They didn't disclose where the DNA was found, but they expressed confidence that it would lead them to Hedgepeth's killer.

"I believe it will be solved sooner than people think," said her father, Roland Hedgepeth. "I believe this is a new beginning in the investigation."

Roland Hedgepeth said he talks with investigators weekly about the case.

The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit has told police that they believe the killer knew Hedgepeth and might have lived near her in the past and that he might have made comments about her to close associates. Also, the killer's behavior might have changed after her death, such as an unusual interest in the case or a change in performance at work or school.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department tip line at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 or email information to investigators at crimetips@townofchapelhill.org.

A reward of up to $39,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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  • tayled Jan 9, 2:42 p.m.

    If the guys dna was under her fingernails on night of, he's had a bad day

    That's true, and if that is the person who did it, I hope it serves to convict them, I am just afraid that some random smaple of DNA off of some object in the apartment might lead to the wrong person.

  • tayled Jan 9, 2:28 p.m.

    "This is probably not a popular idea, but I think as babies are born, when applying for a social security number, you have to submit your babies DNA and the parents." - UreapwhatUsow

    How long before we live in a "Minority Report" scenario where you can be arrested before you commit the crime, based on your DNA profile? DNA should only be used when a crime is committed because there are just too many things that could go wrong with people submitting their children's DNA into a database.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 9, 1:26 p.m.

    Praying that this DNA will find Faith's killer.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 9, 11:11 a.m.

    "This is probably not a popular idea, but I think as babies are born, when applying for a social security number, you have to submit your babies DNA and the parents." - UreapwhatUsow


    I understand that and generally agree. However I do have reservations given how much corruption has been uncovered with crooked DAs and crooked cops.

  • da1200rey Jan 9, 10:11 a.m.

    "I sure hope that this new evidence leads to the right person and that person is convicted. But I wonder if the DNA could have been left by any man who had ever been in her apartment and that could lead down the wrong road."

    If the guys dna was under her fingernails on night of, he's had a bad day

  • tayled Jan 9, 9:33 a.m.

    I sure hope that this new evidence leads to the right person and that person is convicted. But I wonder if the DNA could have been left by any man who had ever been in her apartment and that could lead down the wrong road.

  • katbird1958 Jan 8, 7:31 p.m.

    I hope they find the murderer of this beautiful young woman. I imagine it is heart breaking time and time again for the family when they get a little more information. Prayers to her family and friends.

  • UreapwhatUsow Jan 8, 7:11 p.m.

    This is probably not a popular idea, but I think as babies are born, when applying for a social security number, you have to submit your babies DNA and the parents. Just makes sense for the future to have a data base like that of SS, not just for criminal conduct, but in case your baby is snatched, switched at birth, or any number of horrible things that can happen to kids. Also, when you apply to come into America, and when you register for the selective service, and....etc. It would fix this problem and deter crime at the same time! just saying!

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Jan 8, 6:38 p.m.

    "what is the "profile" so we citizrns can be on the lookout (BOLO) for him"

    Things like the story said, I guess -- behavior before versus after the murder, lived nearby, knew her, made comments about her to close associates.

  • Terkel Jan 8, 6:37 p.m.

    "There's more than one way to get a DNA sample legally without a search warrant or a consent. "

    0bamacare?

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