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Man charged in 2012 beating death of UNC-Chapel Hill student Faith Hedgepeth

Chapel Hill police announced Miguel Enrique Olivares, of Durham, was arrested in connection to the beating death of University of North Carolina Faith Hedgepeth.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A man has been charged with murder in the 2012 beating death of a North Carolina college student, police said Thursday.

Chapel Hill police announced at a news conference on Thursday that Miguel Enrique Olivares, 28, of Durham was arrested in connection with the beating death of Faith Hedgepeth at her off-campus apartment, news outlets reported.

Chapel Hill Police Department Chris Blue speaks to the media regarding the Faith Hedgepeth case, on Sept. 16, 2021.Chapel Hill Police Department

Olivares is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

Assistant Police Chief Celisa Lehew said the investigation is not complete, but provided no additional details.

Hedgepeth, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was 19 years old when her roommate found her body in their apartment on Sept. 7, 2012.

An autopsy showed Hedgepeth suffered extensive skull fractures and cuts to her face and head, and she was also badly beaten on her arms and legs.