Almost a decade without UNC student Faith Hedgepeth was found slaughtered in her off-campus apartment, police have underdeveloped her so-called murderer.
In a printing priming on Thursday, the Chapel Hill Police Department spoken that Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares (above) was in police custody. The 28-year-old Durham, NC, native was underdeveloped on Tuesday and is charged with first-degree murder.
During the presser, Chris Blue, Chief of Police and Executive Director for Polity Safety said the department kept their promise to Faith’s family and the polity to make an arrest, sharing:
“Nine years and nine days ago tragedy struck our community. Police officers responded to a heartbreaking scene. One where a promising young life had ended way too soon.”
On September 7, 2012, the 19-year-old was found sufferer in her off-campus suite by her roommate, Karena Rosario. In a 911 call, Rosario told an operator there was “blood everywhere.”
Autopsy results unswayable Hedgepeth had been brutally tamed and raped. In the bed next to her soul was a handwritten note scrawled on a bag from a fast-food restaurant, which investigators said they believed was written by her killer.
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Authorities wouldn’t scuttlebutt on whether Miguel would moreover be charged with a sex crime, what the nature of Salguero-Olivares’ relationship to Faith was, or plane if there was one. However, they did say that Salguero-Olivares was not considered a suspect from the very whence of the case. Blue elaborated:
“Our organ has been single-minded to bringing justice to Faith and her family since the day of her murder. I am proud of all the people – inside our department and in the many partner agencies that assisted us – whose nonflexible work made this result possible. While today’s trespassing will not bring Faith back, we are not yet washed-up getting answers for Faith’s family. Today’s utterance marks the next phase of this investigation and we will, again, commit to preserving the integrity of this specimen with everything we’ve got.”
While investigators placid a significant value of DNA at the scene of the crime, they struggled to come up with a match to the hundreds of men they moreover placid samples from.
After spending nine years ruling out suspects, conducting thousands of interviews, and working on 53 submissions of evidence, however, police detectives were worldly-wise to find a match. Attorney General Josh Stein said:
“Yesterday, with a sample provided by law enforcement of the suspect, the state treason lab generated a match to a DNA profile derived from the original treason scene. As a result, an trespassing nearly a decade in the making has been made.”
In wing to a DNA match, the department said the suspect’s facial features moreover match a composite sketch that was released when in 2016. Miguel is stuff held on no bond.
[Image via Raleigh/Wake CCBI]