Jenna Burleigh

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

Authorities are preparing murder charges against a former Temple University student in Pennsylvania after they found a young woman dead on Saturday.

Jenna Burleigh, 22, of Harleysville, disappeared after around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, and was last seen off of Cecil B. Moore Avenue in Philadelphia. According to ABC 6, Burleigh may have met 29-year-old Joshua Hupperterz at a bar in the area. Hupperterz is now in custody after Burleigh was found deceased on Saturday night in a home in Paupack Township.

Authorities said they discovered blood spatter on Hupperterz’s back door, kitchen sink, and on a trash can lid. They also found trash bags full of marijuana and $20,000 inside his apartment, off of the 1700 block of North 16th Street, near the last area Burleigh was seen. According to Philadelphia Police Capt. John Ryan, the suspect also knew “elements of the crime.”

Further, a neighbor reported hearing screams coming from the suspect’s apartment at around 4 a.m. When detectives later questioned him, they noticed scratches on his face and a cut on his hand.

It’s still unclear if the pair knew each other previously. Detectives working the case said that there is no indication that they were involved in a previous relationship. However, Hupperterz took classes at Temple last spring. Burleigh was a junior at the college.

Ryan said that Burleigh’s killing didn’t appear to be premeditated and that detectives are still working on determining the exact cause of death. Apparently, she was likely killed in Philadelphia, then transported to Hupperterz’s mother and stepfather’s home in Jenkintown, then moved again to a home in Paupack Township.

As of now, Hupperterz is the only suspect in the case, although authorities said that could change. They are currently searching for the suspect’s roommate.

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