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Lack of arrest in UNC student's slaying has neighbors concerned

Posted September 14, 2012
Updated September 22, 2012

Faith Hedgepeth

— A week after the death of a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, police have not released any more information about the apparent homicide – something that is worrying those who live near the 19-year-old's apartment complex.

Investigators say they haven't developed any suspects in the death of Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, whose body was found in her apartment at Hawthorne View Apartments on Sept. 7.

They have said that they don't believe the crime was random but have declined to say anything else.

Still, neighbors say a lack of information and the fact that police haven't made an arrest is causing them to grow concerned.

They would like answers.

"It's evolved from, 'It's not random,' to 'OK, there's going to be an arrest. Something's going to happen. It was an isolated incident,' to 'There's been no arrest, no news, nothing,’" said Anna Salomon.

Salomon and her husband live in the subdivision next to the complex where Hedgepeth was killed. They say neighbors now collectively walk their children to the bus stop.

"It's not a reassuring thought to wonder if you can send your kids safely to the bus stop or if something could happen," Salomon said. "I definitely would like more information."

Although Chapel Hill police have released little information, they say they are tirelessly working to solve the case.

Faith Hedgepeth No news in UNC slaying worries neighbors

Steve Hale, a retired homicide detective not involved in the case, says the tight-lipped nature of the investigation isn't uncommon, because releasing pertinent details to the case could compromise the integrity of the probe.

Until police have enough evidence to make an arrest, he said, it's important to keep quiet the details, such as cause of death or a possible murder weapon.

Interviews and tips that haven’t been influenced by media reports are crucial.

"If there is a suspect, he may not know he's a suspect, and they're waiting for him to get careless and maybe make a comment to an accessory after the fact," Hale, now a private investigator, said.

As for a crime that isn't random, Hale said he believes detectives might suspect someone who knew Hedgepeth or had a distinct motive.

Investigators, however, are asking that anyone who thinks they might have information that could help to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

A reward of nearly $30,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case, including $25,000 from UNC-Chapel Hill's Board of Trustees.

Meanwhile, Warren High School in Warrenton held a memorial Friday evening in Hedgepeth's honor.

The junior biology major, who talked about possibly becoming a doctor, was a 2010 graduate of the school.


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  • tabboo46 Sep 27, 2012

    Big Thanks to RED ROBIN for donatin money for a schlorship in the memory of Faith Hedgepeth'.i know this isn't an CSI episode.but somebody out there knows something about this girls murder.

  • tabboo46 Sep 25, 2012

    Faith today would of been ur Birthday,and someone took that away from u.i pray for justice will soon come,i pray for ur family,even my heart is heavy knowing what happen to u and not knowing why,why in the the name of god somebody ended ur life,we want to know,why ,we know knowing will not bring u bk.but finding the person and puttin them away for endin ur life.we as the haliwa- saponi tribe we keep pushin for justice .

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 17, 2012

    This isn't a CSI episode.

    They don't normally find that magical piece of evidence which allows the holographic projector to display who the criminal is allowing them to solve the crime in 60 minutes.

  • MSilver Sep 14, 2012

    Typical comments from someone who was a former detective. The culture of silence continues,which is why so many murders and missing person cases remain unsolved and go cold.

  • proud-bleeding-heart Sep 14, 2012

    RIP beautiful Faith. Praying that an answer is coming soon for your hurting loved ones.

  • bluecanary Sep 14, 2012

    I'm guessing that they probably know who did it and are just making sure they have everything they need to put the person away. As heartbreaking as it is for such a bright and lovely young woman like that to be murdered, it would be even worse for the person who did it to get away with it because of a compromised investigation. Here's hoping her killer is brought to justice soon.

  • lovecary Sep 14, 2012

    If it helps to keep her picture on the front page, then so be it. When they do make an arrest, and they will, there should be no strings left untied. May peace come to her family and all who loved her.

  • whatelseisnew Sep 14, 2012

    Does not make sense to say the killing was not random and then say there are no suspects. If you are trying to trip up such a suspect, I would think you say that it is possible it is a random attack, or just say no comment and investigation is ongoing.
    This is just so brutal. A shame to see someone this young losing their life.

  • iwannareply Sep 14, 2012

    Remember the Stephanie Bennett investigation? Be patient

  • greenbutafli Sep 14, 2012

    @Rabbitdog, it stays upfront because she is worth it mto stay upfront. So what if it stays up there all week, If you dont want to c it then stop looking at it...... Saproni Pride we dont let stuff rest.