Police: Killer likely knew Hedgepeth

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 04:58 PM

The person who killed Faith Danielle Hedgepeth likely knew her, may have lived near her and may have changed his behavior after the murder, according to an FBI profile of the killer.
On Tuesday, the Chapel Hill Police Department released a profile of her killer after investigators consulted with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. No one has been charged in Hedgepeth’s death and police have refused to discuss the case or the investigation.
Hedgepeth’s body was found by her roommate about 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 at their apartment at Hawthorne at the View on Old Chapel Hill Road.
Police learned that Hedgepeth, 19, and her roommate went to The Thrill, a Chapel Hill nightclub, in the early morning hours of Sept. 7. She was last known to be alive around 3 a.m.
Chapel Hill Police investigators worked with other local, state and federal agencies and collected evidenced at the scene, and discovered that DNA was left at the scene by a male suspect.
“Investigators are confident this DNA will identify the offender and help us to exclude individuals not involved in this crime,” a press release stated.
Based on the FBI profile, police believe the suspect is familiar with the victim and may have lived near the victim in the past; he was unaccounted for during the early morning hours of Sept. 7, 2012, and may have made comments regarding the victim to close associates in the past.
He may also have changed his behavior, showed an unusual interest in the case, or changed his performance at work or school, according to the profile.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department tip line at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential, and callers who provide valid information may be eligible for a reward of up to $39,000.

People may also email tips or information to investigators at crimetips@townofchapelhill.org