Our beloved Faith Danielle Hedgepeth was taken from us on Friday, September 7, 2012, just nineteen days before her twentieth birthday. Faith, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, was found dead in her off-campus apartment. While the police gathered DNA, which they believe belongs to Faith’s killer, her case remains unresolved. As of this revision, the person(s) responsible for Faith’s death has slept in his own bed for 1,237 days – that’s three years, four months, and 20 days of living as a free person.
Timeline of Faith’s last night **
Faith and her roommate spent some time at Davis Library on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Shortly before 1:00 a.m., Faith and her roommate went to The Thrill nightclub.
At 2:38 a.m. the two returned to Hawthorne at the View off-campus apartment in Durham, NC.
The police believe the roommate left again at approximately 4:27 a.m.
The roommate returned to the apartment at 11:00 a.m. which is when she found Faith on the floor.
** The Timeline and Chronology based on the search warrants released in 2014 can be found under the Timeline tab.
The police indicate that Faith’s case remains an active investigation and believe that they will catch the person who committed this horrible crime. In January 2013, the Chapel Hill Police and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit released a profile of the suspect. The person might have been familiar with Faith and even lived near her in the past. The person would have been unaccounted for during the early hours of Friday, September 7, 2012. They also believe the person’s behavior may have changed since the murder and he may even have left the area. DNA that the police believe belongs to the killer was collected at Faith’s apartment. The police have been unable to match the DNA to anyone – although some individuals have declined to submit a DNA sample.
Faith had her whole life ahead of her. She worked hard to fulfill her dream of being a pediatrician or elementary school teacher. Faith was adored by all. She was a role model for the younger girls with the Haliwa Saponi tribe.
Family and friends will never give up hope that Faith’s murderer will one day face justice for this horrible crime. It is a matter of time. The person will slip-up and the police will solve this case. The murderer may get a conscious – the fear of meeting his maker one day may be enough to turn himself in. Who knows a $40,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the killer is pretty enticing. Someone may come forward with information to claim the reward before the police solve the case or the guilty conscience of the murderer compels him to turn himself in. Or maybe with lesser involvement may come forward with information to save his own skin.
Faith Danielle Hedgepeth
September 26, 1992 - September 7, 2012