The state crime lab matched Salguero-Olivares’ DNA to DNA found at the crime scene, NC Attorney General Josh Stein said at the news conference. “This case underscores the importance of DNA,” Stein said.
Hedgepeth was a member of North Carolina’s Haliwa-Saponi Native American tribe
, and Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry noted that the case underlined the
“devastating reality of violence against indigenous women.
Ella añadió: “In some communities, they face murder rates 10 times higher than the national average. Too often these cases and these women do not get the attention they deserve.”
Salguero-Olivares is being held at the Durham County Jail without bond, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office. CNN is working to determine if Salguero-Olivares has an attorney.
Hedgepeth’s body was found September 7, 2012. “Her tragic death shook our community to its core, and we continue to feel the impact of her incredible spirit today,” UNC-Chapel Hill said in a statement following the announcement.
“Hoy dia, our hearts and prayers are with Faith’s family and loved ones as we continue honoring her life and memory
,” the university said.
“We also want to thank our campus and community partners
, including the Chapel Hill Police Department
, UNC Police
, state law enforcement and investigators for their perseverance in this case.
According to the university, Hedgepeth was an active member of the Carolina Indian Circle, Unheard Voices and served as an American Indian Center volunteer.
Gobernador. Roy Cooper issued a statement thanking the State Bureau of Investigation
, the State Crime Lab
, Chapel Hill Police and other law enforcement
“who worked relentlessly and have never given up on solving the murder.
Salguero-Olivares’ first court appearance is scheduled for September 21 at the Durham County Courthouse, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.