Police say missing Temple University student's body was transported in a Lyft

Ashley Carr
September 6, 2017

Joshua Hupperterz, 29, was charged with the murder of student Jenna Burleigh of Montgomery County.

Philadelphia police said Sunday a body found on property belonging to Hupperterz's relative was identified as Burleigh.

This weekend's charges were the most violent ascribed to Hupperterz but not his first in Northeast Pennsylvania.

A timeline leading up to the tragic discovery of Burleigh's body was released by Philadelphia police Sunday morning, including detectives' initial questioning of Hupperterz.

He pleaded guilty in recent years to drug possession and theft.

State police at Dunmore also charged him with DUI and careless driving in Jefferson Twp. on October 28, 2012. No attorney was listed for Hupperterz, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 20, according to court records. Hupperterz also popped up on the radar of police in Scranton in 2013, when he allegedly broke into a home and stole electronics, credit cards, laundry detergent, and a half keg of beer.

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Although listed as living in Philadelphia, he was sentenced in July 2014 in Lackawanna County by Judge Michael Barrasse to two days of house arrest, five months and 28 days of intermediate punishment and $500 in fines for DUI.

So police called Hupperterz to ask him about it.

Philadelphia police said he had confessed to "elements of the crime".

He was accused of murder, mishandle of a cadaver, messing with proof and medication offenses after the dead group of Jenna Burleigh, a 22-year-old junior at Temple, was found at his grandma's home on Saturday.

Sources told ABC6 that his cohabitees found cleaning products in his room and it appeared that someone had been trying to clean up blood.

The body of Jenna Burleigh was transported inside a storage bin from a North Philadelphia apartment - where she likely died - to the Jenkintown home of the suspect's mother.

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