Temple Student Found Brutally Murdered After Leaving Bar With Suspect

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 22-year-old Temple University student was reportedly found brutally murdered Saturday (Sept. 2) after leaving a Philadelphia bar with her suspected killer, reports said.

Jenna Burleigh, a junior at the university, was reported missing Friday (Sept. 1)  after disappearing from a popular bar near the school’s campus on Thursday (Aug. 31) around 2 a.m.

Burleigh’s body was found Saturday at a house 140 miles north of Philadelphia. A former Temple student, 29-year-old Joshua Hupperterz, has been charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, and other crimes in connection with Burleigh’s death.

The home where her body was found reportedly belongs to Hupperterz’s grandmother. Police believe Burleigh was killed in Philadelphia and then taken to the Wayne County property.

Police found blood, large quantities of drugs and money in Hupperterz’s Philadelphia home which sits around the corner from Pub Webb, a bar where Burleigh apparently met her suspected killer for the first time, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The 22-year-old was last seen on surveillance footage leaving the bar and walking with Hupperterz to his apartment. A police source told the Philadelphia Inquirer that a neighbor heard screams coming from the apartment around 4 a.m.

Police said Hupperterz allegedly confessed to “elements of the crime.”

Joshua Hupperterz, 29, from North 16th Street was arrested for his involvement in the murder of Jenna Burleigh. Hupperterz is charged with: Murder, Tampering with Evidence, Abuse of Corpse; Manufacturing with the Intent to Deliver and related offenses.

“Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven,” Burleigh’s father, Edward, posted Saturday evening on Facebook. “Now I know for sure that you can have a ‘broken heart’ RIP honey.”

Police said the killing did not seem to be premeditated.

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.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna’s family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College,” Englert said in a statement.