Joshua Hupperterz has been charged in the slaying of Jenna Burleigh
Jenna Burleigh was reported missing Friday after disappearing from a popular bar near the Temple campus early Thursday.
Her body was found at a lakefront home in Waye County, 140 miles north of Philadelphia. The home belongs to Hupperterz’s grandmother. Police believe Burleigh, of Harleysville, was killed in Philadelphia and then taken to the Waye County property.
He was charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and drug offenses, and held without bail.
Jenna Burleigh was found dead Saturday, a day after leaving a bar near Temple University in the company of Joshua Hupperterz
Police said the found evidence in this Jenkintown house owned by Hupperterz’s parents
She was last seen on surveillance footage leaving the bar and walking with Hupperterz to his apartment. Later a neighbor reportedly, heard screams coming from the apartment around 4 a.m. Thursday.
Capt. John Ryan, commander of the homicide unit, said Philadephia police found relevant evidence at a Philadelphia apartment and a residence in Jenkintown before the body was found. Police reportedly found blood spatters in the apartment and marijuana stash valued at $20,000 as well as cash. The apartment sits around the corner from Pub Webb, a bar where Burleigh it is believed, met him for the first time.
Hupperterz told university police investigators Friday that he “had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with.” He was arrested and charged.
Temple University President Richard Englert said 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,” Englert said in a statement.