Faith Hedgepeth was a 19-year-old student attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She was discovered murdered in her apartment on Sept. 7, 2012. She had been whipped to death.
Hedgepeth Case Remains Unsolved
In 2014, court documents were released by Durham County that disclosed persons of interest at the time in the case, including people she met up with at a local club the night before the killing. The case stays unsolved. Below is the evidence. No suspects have been nominated. Can you help bring justice for this victim? Location: The View apartment complex, Old Chapel Hill Rd., Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Body Found: Sept. 7, 2012, shortly after 11 a.m. Crime Scene:
“Ms. Hedgepeth’s corpse was hanging off the bed over a pool of blood with her black shirt pulled up over her head; she had no clothing on from the waist down” — From the documents released by Chapel Hill PD.
Hedgepeth perished from blunt force trauma to the head.
“There was blood spatter on the closet and a bloodstained tampon was lying beside her on the bed.”
On the center of the bed, there was a tiny white paper bag with the words written in ink:
“I’M NOT STUPID BITCH JEALOUS”
CHAPEL HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT
This note was written on a take-out fast-food bag discovered on the bed near the corpse of Faith Hedgepeth.
DNA from semen was obtained at the scene.
Faith’s corpse had blood under her fingernails, and cuts and scrapes on her arms and legs.
Sept. 6, 2012, 7:30 p.m.: Hedgepeth and roommate Karena Rosario visit UNC’s Davis Library.
Sept. 7, 2012, 12 a.m.: The roommates go back to their apartment at the View.
Quickly before 1 a.m.: They reach the bar The Thrill, where they meet up with Rosario’s ex-boyfriend, Eriq Takoy Jones, and others.
2:38 a.m: The two roommates leave the bar after Rosario says she is sick, and go back to their apartment in Hedgepeth’s Nissan Altima.
3:40 a.m.: A text message is sent from Hedgepeth’s cell phone to the phone of her friend Brandon Edwards, a former boyfriend of Rosario’s: “Hey b. can you come over here please. Karena wants you more aha. You know. Please let her know you care.”
3:43 a.m.: A text message is sent from Hedgepeth’s cell phone to Edwards’ phone: “Than.”
4:27 a.m.: Rosario leaves the apartment, according to detectives.
11:00 a.m.: Rosario comes back to the apartment and finds Hedgepeth’s corpse.
4:16 p.m.: Hedgepeth’s cell phone receives an incoming text, reading “Who is this?”
From the documents released by Chapel Hill PD in September 2014:
Rosario’s ex-boyfriend, Eriq Takoy Jones, resided in the same apartment complex.
May July 2012
One of the documents also disclosed that two days after the killing, a former roommate of Hedgepeth’s called the Chapel Hill Police Department and stated that “between the months of May-July, 2012, Hedgepeth notified her that [redacted] hated her (Hedgepeth) and told her he was going to murder her (Hedgepeth) if Rosario did not get back together with him.”
A restraining order was issued against Jones by Rosario on July 11, 2012, after a domestic violence incident in which Jones “kicked two doors in the apartment off their frame.”
Officers searched Jones’ cell phone and discovered a text message “sent to a friend on September 6, 2012, asking them to forgive him for what he was about to do.” Hedgepeth was murdered early on the morning of September 7, 2012.
Soon before Hedgepeth’s killing, Jones “changed the cover of his Facebook page to the following statement: ‘Dear Lord. Forgive me for all of my errors and the sins I may commit today. Protect me from the girls who don’t deserve me and the ones who wish me dead today.” Jones was not named as a suspect.
Hedgepeth was dancing at The Thrill with a man named David Bell. Police interviewed Bell, who told he did not know her well. Bell was not named as a suspect.
“[Redacted] was recognized as walking out of Club Thrill with Faith Hedgepeth soon before the murder occurred. He was the last male to be noticed with her before her demise. He confessed to talking to her on the night of the killing and to meeting her the weekend before. [Redacted] rejected to offer DNA stating that he may have touched her the night of the killing. His statements to law enforcement officers were incompatible with statements given by others.”
Police quizzed a man named Jacob Beatley, who Rosario visited in the early morning hours before the killing. Beatley was not named as a suspect.
Police sought to gain a DNA swab from Reginald Leonard Jackson II, who had been texting with Faith Hedgepeth. Jackson was not nominated as a suspect.
Police told Crime Watch Daily that they have taken DNA samples from many people, and all those people have been cleared. They would not say if the sexual activity was consensual or forced.
The case stays open and the inquiry is ongoing. No suspects have been named.
A 2013 press release from the Chapel Hill Police Department includes a profile of the murderer. “After consulting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, we believe identifiers of the culprit may include:
“The homicide suspect is aware of the victim and may have lived near the victim in the past.
“Homicide suspect was unaccounted for during the early morning hours of September 7, 2012.
“The homicide suspect may have made comments regarding the victim to close associates in the past.
“There may have been some alteration in the homicide suspect’s behavior after the killing (to include a unique interest in the case) or a modification in his performance at work or school.
“The homicide suspect may have left the region suddenly or spontaneously. He may also have a justification for the immediate departure.”