Murder charges filed in Temple University student's death

Kristopher Drake
September 3, 2017

Joshua Hupperterz, a 29 year old former Temple student, has been arrested and is being charged with the murder of Jenna Burleigh.

Burleigh, 22, a commuter student from Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, was last seen near the Temple campus in North Philadelphia around 2 a.m. Thursday. According to Philadelphia Police Capt. John Ryan, the suspect also knew "elements of the crime".

Murder charges will be filed against Joshua Hupperterz, 29, who was last seen with Burleigh on Thursday morning, according to the report. Burleigh had been missing since Thursday.

The home where her body was found reportedly belongs to Hupperterz's grandmother.

What started as a missing-person investigation turned into a homicide in this heartbreaking case, police said.

Police have searched a home on the 1700 block of 16th Street, which is said to be the home of a friend of Jenna's.

The cause and manner of Burleigh's death are still unknown, and investigators don't think the murder was premeditated. Police found the man at his grandmother's home in Scranton, PA, and then obtained a search warrant for the apartment.


Family member Ed Burleigh said Saturday on Facebook "Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven".

Ross also said police are "trying to figure out who else may have been involved, if there's anyone else at all".

Any information should be reported to Temple Police at 215-204-1234 or Confidential Tip Line at 215-204-6493.

Police said they believe Hupperterz killed Burleigh in his Philadelphia apartment, then moved her body at least twice - first to the Jenkintown home of Hupperterz's mother and stepfather, and then to Hawley, the website reported.

"There are things we can not discuss right now, but there are also things we just don't know", he said.

Temple University President Richard Englert said Burleigh transferred from Montgomery County Community College a week prior to her death and was set to study film and media arts.

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