A student at Temple University was reportedly found heinously murdered Saturday night, after leaving a Philadelphia bar with her suspected assailant.
22-year-old Jenna Burleigh was reported missing Friday night after she left a popular bar near Temple’s campus with 29-year-old former student Joshua Hupperterz early Thursday morning.
Hupperterz was arrested in connection with incident on Saturday after confessing to “elements of the crime”. He had scratches on his face at the time of his arrest that sources told the Philadelphia Inquirer he attributed to a broken bowl.
Burleigh’s body was found 140 miles north of Philadelphia in a what law enforcement officials have identified as Hupperterz’s grandmother’s home. They believe he murdered Burleigh near Temple’s campus and later brought the body north.
Witnesses attested to hearing screams from Hupperterz’s Philadelphia apartment Thursday around 4 AM. The suspect may have then drove to his grandmother’s lakefront home in Waye County shortly after. Burleigh was last seen on surveillance footage leaving the bar with Hupperterz. Police found blood spatters in the apartment and marijuana stash valued at $20,000, writes the Philly paper.
Hupperterz was held without bail. He was charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and drug offenses, court records reveal.
Temple officials said that Burleigh transferred from Montgomery County Community College a week prior and planned on studying film and media arts.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna’s family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College,” Temple University President Richard Englert said in a statement.
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