A North Carolina man has been charged with murder nine years after University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill student Faith Hedgepeth was found dead.
Miguel Enrique Salguero- Olivares, 28, was arrested on Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in connection with Hedgepeth’s death, Assistant Chapel Hill Chief of Police Celisa Lehew said in a news conference.
Olivares was arrested without incident, and is currently being held in Durham county jail with no bond.
“This investigation is not complete. Our work is not done,” Lehew said. “We will continue to work this case until every lead has been extinguished and any parties that have a role in or knowledge of this tragedy are brought to justice.”
Hedgepeth’s mother, Connie Hedgepeth, said she cried when she got the news of Olivares’ arrest.
“I didn’t do anything but cry and thank God and praise God,” Connie Hedgepeth said. “When I cried, it was tears of joy, tears of relief knowing that someone had been arrested in the case.”
Hedgepeth, who was 19 at the time, was found dead in her apartment off-campus on Sept. 7, 2012. According to WRAL, Hedgepeth was last seen at a club hours before her death.
Autopsy results revealed that she had been beaten and raped, according to a local ABC affiliate. A handwritten note that investigators believed to the be from the killer was also found on her body.
Authorities said that Olivares had not been a person of interest in the past, but declined to give more details due to the ongoing investigation.
Speaking in Thursday’s news conference, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein (D) said that Olivares’ DNA sample matched the DNA that was derived from the original crime scene.
Stein said the arrest sent “powerful messages” about the power of DNA evidence, and sent a warning to those accused of rape.
“To the murders and rapists— no matter how long ago you committed your crime, we will never stop coming four you,” Stein said.