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Chapel Hill police renew plea to help bring Faith Hedgepeth’s killer to justice

A mother’s appeal for information in the Faith Hedgepeth case

A 2014 video shows Connie Hedgepeth making a public appeal for information in the 2012 killing of her daughter Faith Hedgepeth in Chapel Hill, NC. Video courtesy of the NC Dept. of Public Safety
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A 2014 video shows Connie Hedgepeth making a public appeal for information in the 2012 killing of her daughter Faith Hedgepeth in Chapel Hill, NC. Video courtesy of the NC Dept. of Public Safety

Monday will mark three years since the body of former UNC student Faith Hedgepeth was found beaten to death in her off-campus apartment.

On Friday, the Chapel Hill Police Department and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation renewed their appeal for information from the public, as they did last year at this time.

Unlike last year, no new information about the case was released.

“While we received numerous calls and emails about the case, we are still seeking additional information related to the murder,” Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said in a statement.

“Our investigators, along with personnel from the N.C. SBI, are still working hard to follow-up on information and leads,” he said. “Additionally, continued advances in DNA technology, some of which have occurred since Faith’s murder, have resulted in additional avenues of investigation which may provide vital information toward bringing Faith’s killer to justice.”

Court documents unsealed last year revealed that investigators initially identified several men of interest in the case, including two former boyfriends of Hedgepeth’s roommate.

Hedgepeth's head was bludgeoned so severely that medical examiners concluded blunt-force trauma was the cause of death.

The autopsy report, also unsealed last year, detailed cuts and bruises on her arms and legs and blood under her fingernails.

A DNA profile was generated from semen collected in a sexual assault kit, and investigators believe the DNA belongs to the killer.

“This is not a cold case,” the Police Department statement said Friday.

There is over $40,000 in reward money available in this case. Police ask anyone with information to call 919-614-6363 to speak to one of the investigators assigned to this case. This number is staffed 24 hours a day.

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous may contact Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crimestoppers at 919-942-7515 or at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

“Our thoughts continue to go out to Faith’s family and friends,” the release said. “We remain committed to this case and are confident that we will identify the killer and bring the person to justice.”

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