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Police Seek Name, Story for Woman Found Slain Near UNC

Posted March 5, 2008
Updated March 6, 2008

— Chapel Hill police are trying to identify a woman whose body they found Wednesday morning near the University of North Carolina.

The body was discovered at the intersection of Hillcrest Road and Hillcrest Circle at about 5 a.m.

Officers spent most of the day going door-to-door, asking people living in the Davie Circle area if they heard or saw anything out of the ordinary. Police found the woman after getting a report from David Circle of shots being heard.

Artie Dixon said she could see the site where the woman was found from her front window.

“It's making me feel really stunned. I haven't been able to concentrate on much today,” she said.

Dixon's neighbors, Whit Rummel and Christen Campbell, said the discovery stunned them, too.

“It just feels like the world has gone mad. That's how it feels. I wish we knew who that girl was and I wish we could send our sympathies to the family,” Campbell said.

UNC officials sent an emergency alert reminding students to take safety precautions and to immediately report any suspicious activity. The warning alarmed some students who thought a gunman was on campus.

“I was actually surprised they sent it over the alert because it seemed like it was an immediate threat to campus,” Erika Littman said.

Town police who had issued the request for information said the department's intentions were not to cause panic, but to generate leads.

The victim is a Caucasian woman with blond hair, 18 to 25 years old, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds.

She was wearing a navy blue short-sleeve shirt with a red circle and a white symbol in the center, a gold-colored necklace with a locket, and gray sweat pants. Investigators said she was also wearing blue, gray and white Converse Starbury tennis shoes.

“We received a couple of phone calls from students that felt the description fit somebody they knew, but we've exhausted all those leads at this point, and her ID has not been revealed,” Chapel Hill police Lt. Kevin Gunter said.

Police said the woman had been shot multiple times in the head.

Anyone with information about the victim's identity or her death is asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760.


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  • JAT Mar 6, 2008

    What a shocking thing! Terribly sad. A smart, personable girl with a bright future ahead of her slain for probably no real reason.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Mar 6, 2008

    "Town police who had issued the request for information said the department's intentions were not to cause panic, but to generate leads."

    Then they have already abused the system, and made a VERY bad decision to do so. "GENERATING LEADS" is NOT what the system was designed for. If you spam people with solicitations for leads, people are going to stop paying attention to it.

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  • goheels_15 Mar 6, 2008

    OMG i just heard on wchl as well about this...eve was in one of my classes..she was a beautiful and very smart girl. she was here on a morehead scholarship and a double major. i'm in shock right now.

  • Rocknhorse Mar 6, 2008

    How very sad! That she isn't identified yet is disturbing. Surely someone knows who she is.

    Praying for all involved.

  • GoHeels1969 Mar 6, 2008

    UNC Student Body President?!?!?! According to 1360 WCHL.

  • JAT Mar 6, 2008

    and I see they only cost $10 or less at stores. Maybe this girl was a runaway?

  • justwondering2 Mar 6, 2008

    Those shoes are from a shop called Steve and Barrys there are only about 9 Steve and Barry stores or stores that sell their footwear in NC(according to Google). There is not one in Chapel Hill according to the map I viewed. The closest ones are Highpoint, Winston Salem, then to the east in Wilson. Just thought I would share.

  • JAT Mar 6, 2008

    I don't see a lot of white girls wearing Stephon Marbury shoes. Sorry, that's just my opinion and experience.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Mar 6, 2008

    This is a message board not an English report. Bad call by the Admiral. Don't be a donkey!