Investigators just revealed that the 29-year-old suspect, himself an ex-Temple University student, hired a Lyft to move her body more than 140 miles, according to reports.
Joshua Hupperterz was arrested Saturday and has been charged as the suspect in the killing of a 22-year-old Burleigh.
Barely a week after she transferred to the college, 22-year-old Burleigh was found slain, at a lake front home 140 miles north east of the off campus bar in Philly where she met the suspect for the first time, Thursday.
Burleigh’s body was found in Wayne County and was brought there by a Lyft
Surveillance cameras caught Hupperterz and Burleigh walking together after leaving Pub Webb around 2 a.m. Thursday morning. When she did not return home later that day, concerned friends and relatives reached out to Temple officials.
Temple Univ student, Jenna Burleigh, found dead after leaving Philadelphia bar with suspected assailant – Ex-Temple student Joshua Hupperterz, charged
Josh Huppertez’s neighbors had reported hearing a woman screaming inside his apartment in the early hours of Thursday. Investigators believe he killed the victim at his apartment that day, put her in a storage bin and kept her at his mother’s home in Jenkinstown, Pa., according to NBC affiliate WCAU.
He then hired the Lyft to bring Burleigh’s remains about 100 miles north to his grandmother’s property in Wayne County, Pa.
Philly cops search Joshua Huppertez’s apt for evidence
Police said the found evidence the suspect first stored Burleingh’s remains in a bin at this Jenkintown house owned by his mom and stepdad
That’s where police found the Harleysville, Pa.-native’s body on Saturday .
On Saturday afternoon, police discovered Burleigh’s body believed on the lakefront property of Hupperterz’s grandmother in Paupack Township.
Police believe she was murdered in Philadelphia, then her body was transported to the Jenkintown home, then to Wayne County.
Hupperterz was charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and drug offenses.
“The allegations are devastating,” Lyft said in a statement to local ABC affiliate WPVI. “We stand ready to work with the authorities in their investigation.”
The Wayne County Coroner ruled Monday that she died of blunt trauma and strangulation.
Police found blood and drugs inside the suspect’s Philadelphia residence when they went in with a search warrant. Hupperterz’s roommate said at one point he returned to their apartment with cleaning supplies to get rid of blood.
The victim, a recent transfer to Temple had been commuting to the college from Harleysville, about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Missing Person Flyer for Jenna Burleigh was out by Friday
Josh Hupperterz has been charged in Burleigh’s death
It is unclear if the Lyft driver, who has not been identified, knew what Hupperterz was transporting, but a spokesperson for Lyft said the company is devastated by the allegations and stands “ready to work with the authorities in their investigation.”
When the campus police spoke to Huppertez by phone on Friday, he told investigators that he had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with. Philadelphia police not satisfied with the response, obtained a search warrant Friday for the suspect’s apartment at 1708 North 16th Street, two blocks from the bar. Simultaneously, state police raided the home of Huppertez’s grandmother in Wayne County, northern Pennsylvania and the suspect was taken into custody.
The pair it is believed met for the first time at the off campus watering hole, Pub Webb [photo], on Thursday
Meanwhile the passage of the victim is being mourned by family and friends: “She was an exuberant person,” friend Danielle Halteman told WCAU. “It’s hard to imagine her not being here.”
Her death left even police veterans shocked.
“This really strikes home for you, particularly, thinking about the heartache and the grief that those parents must be going through right now,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters.