Chapel Hill police, FBI release profile of suspect in Hedgepeth homicide

DNA found at the scene of UNC student Faith Danielle Hedgepeth’s September homicide may point to a male suspect, the Chapel Hill Police Department announced Wednesday.

Hedgepeth, a junior from Warrenton, was found dead the morning of Sept. 7 in her apartment at 5639 Old Chapel Hill Road. In the early hours of Sept. 7, Hedgepeth was at the The Thrill, a Chapel Hill nightclub, with her roommate.

Hedgepeth’s family said her death certificate states she was beaten to death, though Chapel Hill police have not yet released a cause of death.

Chapel Hill police — with the help of local, state and federal agencies — have collected and analyzed DNA left at the scene by a male suspect.

Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit believe the suspect may have been familiar with Hedgepeth and lived near her in the past. The suspect may have also made comments about her in the past, and his behavior may have changed after the murder.

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