Suspect in Temple University student's murder has criminal past

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

A former Temple student has been arrested and charged for the murder of Jenna Burleigh.

On Friday night, police executed a search warrant at a home in the 1700 block of North 16th Street, where the man being questioned lives, police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said. VIDEO: Police search home in Jenkintown, Pa.

Authorities think that Burleigh was murdered in Philadelphia before her body was transported to the Jenkintown home and then to Wayne County, the ABC affiliate reported. Wrapped in a trash bag with his hands tied, the 32-year-old was shot in the back of the head, according to an Inquirer story from that time.

A body, believed to be Ms Burleigh, was found at a lakefront property.

Hupperterz has confessed to elements of the crime, police said.

The investigation quickly focused on Hupperterz, police said.

It unclear if the driver, who has not been identified, knew what Hupperterz was transporting.

Hupperterz was taken into custody Friday in Paupack Township and a body believed to be Burleigh's was found Saturday on township property belonging to his grandmother.

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Further, a neighbor reported hearing screams coming from the suspect's apartment at around 4 a.m.

Once, [neighbor Natalie Abdulhawa] said she witnessed him having an altercation with a woman who burst through his gate and punched him.

He offered her painkillers after she had knee surgery, she said, which she also declined.

A roommate reported to police that it looked like someone had tried to cover up blood stains in parts of the home. They are now searching for the suspect's roommate.

Burleigh, of Harleysville, transferred to Temple last week from Montgomery County Community College and was a commuter student.

The 22-year-old was last seen on surveillance footage leaving the bar and walking with Hupperterz to his apartment.

Police said they were not satisfied with that answer. "Particularly thinking about the heartache and grief that those parents must be going through right now".

Hours before the press conference, Burleigh's father, Ed Burleigh, announced the discovery of his daughter's body on Facebook.

"Now I know for sure that you can have a "broken heart" RIP honey", he said in the post.

  • Tabitha Byrd