911 call, search warrants sealed in UNC student's death

Police: Judicial order protects evidence in Faith Hedgepeth’s death

tgrubb@newsobserver.comSeptember 12, 2012 

UNC-Chapel Hill student Faith Hedgepeth.


— Police say a judge has ordered 911 recordings sealed in the death of UNC-Chapel Hill student Faith Hedgepeth.

Officers are treating Hedgepeth’s death as a homicide and have said the crime was not random.

Police spokesman Sgt. Joshua Mecimore said the recordings and search warrants related to the homicide investigation have been sealed indefinitely to protect evidence. Police also have not released a cause of death, pending a Chapel Hill medical examiner’s report, he said.

“It’s for accuracy and, right now, for investigative reasons,” Mecimore said. “There are details related to the incident that only someone involved or investigators may know.”

Friends found Hedgepeth, 19, dead Friday in her apartment at Hawthorne on the View on Old Chapel Hill Road. The UNC junior was a biology major from Warrenton and a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe.

Hundreds of students, family and friends met Monday night at the Pit on UNC-CH’s campus – the brick courtyard where students often gather – to remember Hedgepeth. Many questioned how someone could have killed the young woman, who planned to be a pediatrician or teacher in her small tribe of 4,000 members, most of whom live about 90 minutes northeast of Raleigh.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Hollister. Hedgepeth will be buried in the church cemetery.

Police are still seeking information. People can contact Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

Grubb: 919-932-9746

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