Published: Sep 12, 2012 03:57 PM
Modified: Sep 18, 2012 11:39 AM
CHAPEL HILL - The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees is offering a $25,000 reward through the Chapel Hill- Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers program for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the death of student Faith Danielle Hedgepeth.
The Chapel Hill Police Department has said the case is a homicide. They ask anyone with information to call the department’s tip line at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919 942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
The Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, of which Hedgepeth was a member, and Hawthorne at the View Apartments, where she lived, have also pledged $1,000 each to the Crime Stoppers reward fund.
Anyone may contribute to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers program, a nonprofit organization. Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Crime Stoppers, P.O. Box 1076, Carrboro, NC 27510. Donors may request that the contribution be used in the Faith Hedgepeth case.
On Tuesday, police said a judge had ordered 911 recordings sealed in the case.
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 asked 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.
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