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Everything We Know About The Suspect In Missing Temple University Student’s Death

A coroner ruled she was killed from blunt trauma and strangulation.


A Pennsylvania man was charged in the death of a Temple University student on Sunday, after her remains were found on property belonging to the suspect’s grandmother, People magazine reports.

Joshua Hupperterz, 29, was charged with the murder of Jenna Burleigh, 22, who had transferred to Temple only the week before. Hupperterz and Burleigh were seen last leaving a bar together at 2 am on Thursday, police said.

Hupperterz, a former Temple student, admitted to "elements of the crime,” said Philadelphia Police Captain John Ryan to reporters on Saturday night, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

During an interview, police noticed scratches on his face and cuts on his hands, which he claimed to have obtained after he injured his hand on a broken bowl.

Police allegedly found blood—as well as copious amounts of drugs and cash—in Hupperterz’s Philadelphia home, where police claim Burleigh was killed before her body was transported to the home of Hupperterz’s mother and finally to the home of his grandmother, 140 miles from the alleged scene of the crime.

A neighbor reportedly heard screams coming from Hupperterz’s home around 4 am on Thursday. 

A coroner ruled Sunday that Burleigh was killed from blunt trauma and strangulation.

The suspect was arraigned at 4:52 am on Sunday on charges including murder and abuse of a corpse. He is being held without bail.

[Image: Philadelphia Police Department]

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