Man charged in disappearance of Temple University student

Jenna Burleigh was found dead on Saturday. Image Credit Temple Police  Twitter

Joshua Hupperterz has been charged with murder in connection to the death after Burleigh's body was found in Wayne County near his grandmother's home - 150 miles away from Temple University where Burleigh had recently transferred as a commuter student. He has been charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.

Surveillance camera footage had shown Hupperterz and Burleigh leaving Pub Webb, near the Temple University campus, about 2 a.m. Thursday. "We stand ready to work with the authorities in their investigation".

State police at Honesdale assisted Philadelphia police and the FBI with the current investigation.

It's unclear at this point if the driver knew was Hupperterz was transporting.

The suspoect, who is a former student at high-ranking Temple - where Burleigh was enrolled - was also charged him with drugs offences after finding large quantities of marijuana and $20,000 (£15,500) in cash. A body presumed to be Burleigh's was found on a relative's property.

29-year-old Joshua Hupperterz. Image Credit Fox News
29-year-old Joshua Hupperterz. Image Credit Fox News

Burleigh's father received the news of her death on Saturday, writing in a Facebook post, "Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven". Classes at the university's Philadelphia campus had just begun Monday, and it had been Burleigh's first week at Temple, he said. "Now I know for sure that you can have a "broken heart" RIP honey".

By late Saturday afternoon, the search for Burleigh ended tragically when her body was found at the grandmother's house, 150 miles north of Philadelphia.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna's family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College", Englert said. She was majoring in film and media arts, Temple spokesman Ray Betzner said.

Investigators say Hupperetz killed Burleigh with a blunt instrument and strangulation in or close to his Philadelphia apartment in the early hours of Thursday 31 August after the pair left a bar together.




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