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Woman, Found Dead Near UNC, Shot Multiple Times

Posted March 5, 2008 8:10 a.m. EST
Updated March 5, 2008 11:07 p.m. EST

— A woman found dead Wednesday morning near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus was shot multiple times in the head, Chapel Hill police said.

Investigators, however, are still unsure of her identity and are asking the public for help to identify her.

The victim is a white with blonde hair, approximately 18 to 25 years old, is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 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.

"That's a very unusual type of tennis shoe that's only found in very few places in the North Carolina area," Chapel Hill police Lt. Kevin Gunter said.

Police responded to reports of gunshots in the area of Davie Circle at about 5 a.m. and found the woman's body lying in the road nearby where Hillcrest Road and Hillcrest Circle intersect – about two blocks east of campus.

UNC officials also alerted students, faculty and staff about the shooting via its Web site and its emergency-alert system, AlertCarolina, reminding them to use safety precautions and immediately report suspicious activity.

Gunter said investigators have gotten some calls from students about the woman and that investigators "are following any and all leads we get."

Anyone with information about the woman's identity is urged to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760.