Chris Blue, Chief of Police and Executive Director for Community Safety, and Celisa Lehew, Assistant Chief of Police, announced the arrest during a news conference, saying that the department always promised they would make an arrest and they have made good on that promise.
Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares, 28, of Durham, is in police custody. Authorities said he was arrested with the assistance of SBI Thursday morning and is charged with first-degree murder. Authorities would not comment on whether he would also be charged with a sex crime, though police have said Faith was brutally beaten and raped.
Police also would not comment on Salguero-Olivares’ relationship to Faith, or whether there was one. They did say that Salguero-Olivares was not considered a suspect from the very beginning of the case.
“When I got the news this morning I didn’t do anything but cry. And thank God and praise God because I put it in his hands and it was his timing,” Faith’s mother Connie said.
“It was an honor to be Faith’s dad,” her dad Roland said.
The police department said the suspect’s facial features do match the composite sketch that was released back in 2016.
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On September 7, 2012, UNC student Faith Hedgepeth, 19, was found dead in her off-campus apartment.
Hedgepeth’s roommate Karena Rosario came home to find Hedgepeth dead. In a 911 call, she told an operator that there was “blood everywhere.”
Autopsy results concluded that Hedgepeth had been brutally beaten and raped. On the bed next to Hedgepeth’s body was a handwritten note scrawled on a bag from a fast-food restaurant. Investigators said they believed the killer wrote the note.
When ABC11 reached out to police earlier this month, they said the case remained open and active. They said there was a $40,000 reward available for anyone who provided information that lead to an arrest in the case.
THE NIGHT OF THE MURDER
The evening began with Hedgepeth and Rosario at Davis Library on UNC’s campus. They got home just after midnight and then went back out.
They arrived at the Wallace Parking Deck on East Rosemary Street just before 1 a.m. and walked to a bar called The Thrill — a Chapel Hill nightspot that has since gone out of business.
Hedgepeth and Rosario left the bar together at 2:38 a.m. and drove back to the Old Durham Road apartment in Hedgepeth’s white Nissan Altima. Police say Rosario left the apartment again at 4:27 a.m. She returned at approximately 11 a.m. with a friend and found Hedgepeth’s body.
Investigators said they collected a significant amount of DNA at the scene of the crime. With such strong DNA evidence in the case, investigators have collected samples from hundreds of men, but so far have not come up with a match.
“What we lack is that key piece of information that can help us connect the strong case with the killer,” Former Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said in 2014.