Why Lyft Is 'Devastated' Over Temple Student's Murder

Cops say suspect moved Jenna Burleigh's body using the transportation service
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2017 10:50 AM CDT
Student's Body Put in Storage Bin, Then Lyft Car: Cops
Joshua Hupperterz   (Philadelphia Police Department via AP)

Police are continuing to piece together the murder of Temple University student Jenna Burleigh and say they now know how her alleged killer moved her body 150 miles from Philadelphia. After killing the 22-year-old, Joshua Hupperterz, 29, put her remains in a storage bin and transported it to his mother's home in Jenkintown, police say. The next day, according to police and other sources, Hupperterz used a Lyft car to move the bin to property owned by his grandmother in Wayne County, reports NBC Philadelphia. Burleigh's body was reportedly still inside the storage bin when investigators found it in a utility shed on the Wayne County property Saturday, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. A coroner determined she died from a combination of blunt trauma and strangulation.

Police believe Burleigh, who was seen leaving a bar with Hupperterz around 2am Thursday, was killed at Hupperterz's Philadelphia apartment, where authorities allegedly found blood and a substantial amount of marijuana. But authorities haven't commented on a motive other than to say that the murder doesn't appear to have been premeditated, per People. Hupperterz, a former Temple student who previously faced burglary and other charges, has been taken into custody and charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and drug-related offenses. A spokesperson for Lyft says the company is "devastated" by its apparent link to the murder, adding Lyft is "ready to work with the authorities in their investigation," per NBC. (More Temple University stories.)

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