Former Temple University student charged with murder

Arnold Nichols
September 4, 2017

He said that Burleigh had transferred from Montgomery County Community College a week ago.

Jenna Burleigh, a 22-year-old Temple University student reported missing last week, was found dead in Pennsylvania on Saturday, leading to murder charges for a man who was last seen leaving a Philadelphia bar with the woman, police said.

Burleigh was spotted with Hupperterz on surveillance camera around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Police believe Burleigh was killed in Hupperterz's apartment at 1708 N. 16th St., and that her remains were later taken to Hupperterz's grandmother's property in Paupack Township, Wayne County.

The university is working closely in the investigation with Lower Salford and Philadelphia police, Leone said.

Joshua Hupperterz, 29, was arraigned early Sunday morning in Philadelphia on charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and possession of an instrument of crime. They also found 10 to 15 pillow-case size bags of marijuana and about $20,000 in cash, according to Philly.com.


Police believe Ms Burleigh was murdered in Philadelphia and her body was transported to a home in Jenkinton, then to the lakefront property.

Authorities say 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh has been missing since the early morning hours on Thursday. Ryan did not give further details about the crime scenes, but said that Hupperterz had confessed to "elements of the crime".

Police found blood, large quantities of drugs and money in Hupperterz's Philadelphia home which sits around the corner from Pub Webb, a bar where Burleigh apparently met her suspected killer for the first time, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Burleigh's father reacted to the news of her death on his Facebook page Saturday afternoon. "Presently I know for beyond any doubt that you can have a 'broken heart" RIP nectar'.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna's family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College", stated Richard M. Englert, university president. Anyone with information should call Temple police at 215-204-1234 or a confidential tip line at 215-204-6493.

Jenna was dropped off at a residence by her father, but after he didn't hear from Burleigh for an unusually long period of time, and learned she hadn't attended her Temple University classes, he alerted authorities.

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