May 23, 2018

Coroner reveals cause of death in Temple student's slaying

06 September 2017, 12:23 | Lorenzo Hawkins

Missing Temple college student found dead; suspect found with 'scratches on his face' and blood spatter inside apartment

Temple Student Jenna Burleigh Missing

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.

Hupperterz admitted to "elements of the crime" in a partial confession, Philadelphia police Capt. John Ryan, commanding officer of the homicide unit, said Saturday night, according to

Police on Saturday affirmed that Burleigh's body was found in Paupack Township, Pennsylvania, a town around 140 miles north of Philadelphia.

Police on Sunday charged Joshua Hupperterz, 29, with murder, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and other offenses.

As police continue their investigation into the murder of 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh, the Temple University community is trying to come to grips with what happened. No attorney was listed for Hupperterz, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 20, according to court records.

Hupperterz was formally charged with the murder of Burleigh on Sunday, a day after they found the girl's body on the property of Hupperterz's grandmother.

Huppereterz is reported to have told detectives that he was so drunk on the night in question that he did not remember who he left the bar with.

The suspoect, who is a former student at high-ranking Temple - where Burleigh was enrolled - was also charged him with drugs offences after finding large quantities of marijuana and $20,000 (£15,500) in cash. "Now I know for sure that you can have a "broken heart" RIP honey", Burleigh's father, Ed Burleigh, wrote on Facebook. She was majoring in film and media expressions. Classes at the university's Philadelphia campus had just begun Monday, and it had been Burleigh's first week at Temple, he said.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna's family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College", Englert said.

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