DURHAM: New details raise more questions in death of UNC student - WFLA News Channel 8

New details raise more questions in death of UNC student

Posted: Updated:
Faith Hedgepeth was found dead inside her off-campus apartment in September 2012. Faith Hedgepeth was found dead inside her off-campus apartment in September 2012.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Officers searched a car, two apartments, laptops and Facebook during the investigation into the 2012 death of Faith Hedgepeth. But what exactly they were searching for remains a mystery as a Superior Court judge said Wednesday that he wants more information before making a decision on whether to unseal documents related to her death.

Judge Howard Manning said he doesn't expect to unseal search warrants and Hedgepeth's autopsy until he can review information from the Orange County courts.

Several media outlets had requested the search warrants and autopsy unsealed, but the district attorney's office argued that unsealing them would hurt the investigation.

"Our argument is that 18 months have gone by," said media Attorney Hugh Stevens. "Everything in this case has been sealed. It's implausible in our view that everything still needs to be sealed now, even if it needed to be sealed in the past."

Durham County Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks said that if anything is unsealed and released, she wants it to be held so that Hedgepeth's family can see it first.

Faith Hedgepeth's father, Roland Hedgepeth, said he is "on the fence" about whether the documents should be unsealed.

"As a father, I want to know everything I can about the case," Roland Hedgepeth said. "But at the same time, I don't want to be selfish" and hinder the investigation."

He added that he believed "her parents deserve the right to know something."

Questions have surrounded the UNC student's death since her body was discovered in her off-campus apartment in Durham on Sept. 7, 2012. No arrests have been made in the case and a suspect has not been named.

Investigators said Faith Hedgepeth had gone out to a local night club with friends the evening before her death. Police said they believe the killer knew Faith Hedgepeth and most likely lived nearby.

The State Crime Lab said DNA left at the scene of the murder of Faith Hedgepeth is that of a male suspect, but little else has been revealed about the investigation.

Manning acknowledged Wednesday that not knowing details is "frustrating to everyone."

According to the state's motion to keep the documents sealed, there was a search warrant for a 1977 Honda Accord, as well as search warrants for two units in Faith Hedgepeth's apartment complex and her apartment.

Investigators also searched the laptops and Facebook accounts of Faith Hedgepeth and her roommate.

Roland Hedgepeth said the car named in the search warrant did not belong to his daughter.

RELATED STORIES

Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved.

    Justin Quesinberry

    Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

    • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

    • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

      2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

      Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
      A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
      A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    • UNC: Former athletes can return to finish degrees

      UNC: Former athletes can return to finish degrees

      Thursday, July 24 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:04:36 GMT
      UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. (File photo)UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. (File photo)
      University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program Thursday that will allow former UNC athletes to return and finish their uncompleted degrees.
      University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program Thursday that will allow former UNC athletes to return and finish their uncompleted degrees.
    • 3 young siblings die after SUV in carjacking hits them; manhunt on for suspects

      3 young siblings die after SUV in carjacking hits them; manhunt on for suspects

      Friday, July 25 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:10:14 GMT
      The SUV crashed in some woods close to where it hit the 3 children... CBS Newspath photoThe SUV crashed in some woods close to where it hit the 3 children... CBS Newspath photo
      Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said.
      Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said.
    Powered by WorldNow

    200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

    Telephone: 813.228.8888
    Fax: 813.225.2770
    Email: news@wfla.com

    Can’t find something?
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.