Missing Student's Body Found, Murder Suspect in Custody

Jenna Burleigh's remains were found on his grandmother's property
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 3, 2017 4:20 PM CDT
An undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Joshua Hupperterz of Philadelphia.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – A former Temple University student was charged Sunday with murder in the death of a current student whose remains were found over the weekend on property linked to the suspect, the AP reports. Jenna Burleigh, 22, was reported missing by her family Thursday night. She was last seen on surveillance video leaving a bar near the school campus in north Philadelphia early that morning in the company of a man police have identified as Joshua Hupperterz. Hupperterz, 29, was taken into custody Friday in Paupack Township and a body was found Saturday on township property belonging to his grandmother. Philadelphia police say that the body had been confirmed as that of the victim. Besides the murder charge, Hupperterz faces charges of possession of an instrument of crime, evidence-tampering, and abuse of a corpse.

Philadelphia police say Hupperterz, who once attended Temple, told university police investigators on Friday that he "had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with." Authorities believe Burleigh was killed in Philadelphia and taken to Wayne County township, about 25 miles east of Scranton. "We still don't even know the cause of death," Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross says. "We still have a lot of work to do, to include trying to figure out who else may have been involved, if there's anyone else at all." Temple University President Richard Englert says Burleigh started at the school this semester as a junior transfer student, majoring in film and media arts. Burleigh's father posted on Facebook Saturday evening that "Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven,” adding, "Now I know for sure that you can have a 'broken heart' RIP honey.” (Read more Temple University stories.)

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