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Photo of slaying suspect released

March 8, 2008 at 3:53 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 8 (UPI) -- A suspect in the killing of the University of North Carolina student body president was photographed by a cash machine security camera, police said Saturday.

The man was driving a sport utility vehicle, but investigators said they were not sure if the vehicle was Eve Carson's blue Toyota Highlander, The Raleigh Chronicle reported. The SUV was found Thursday about a mile from where her body had been discovered a day earlier.

Police released the photo to the media Saturday after circulating it Friday among law enforcement agencies, WRAL-TV reported. Investigators said the man was wearing an old Houston Astros baseball cap.

Carson was last seen by her roommates at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. They reportedly told police she often went to the student government office in the small hours to work.

Her body was found in a quiet residential neighborhood near the campus. Her wallet had not been found Saturday.

Carson, from Athens, Ga., was a popular and academically gifted senior who planned to go to medical school. On Friday, the university board of trustees authorized a $25,000 reward for information leading to her killer.

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