Suspect uses Lyft to transport body of murdered Temple University student: Police [UPDATE]

The suspect accused of killing a 22-year-old Temple University on early Saturday morning reportedly hired a Lyft driver to transport the victim’s body around 100 miles to another home.

New York Daily News reports that Joshua Hupperterz, 29, reportedly killed student Jenna Burleigh after they pair met up at a Philadelphia bar. Hupperterz, who lived near the popular bar, took Burleigh back to his apartment and killed her via a combination of blunt force trauma and strangulation. When detectives later questioned him, they found blood spatter inside his apartment. Neighbors also reported hearing screaming coming from the suspect’s apartment at around 4 a.m.

After allegedly killing her, Hupperterz placed Burleigh’s body in a storage bin and took her to his mother’s house in Jenkinstown. He then hired a Lyft driver to take him and the victim, still inside a storage bin, to his grandmother’s house around 100 miles away in Paupack Township.

“The allegations are devastating,” a Lyft spokesperson told ABC6. “We stand ready to work with the authorities in their investigation.”

Hupperterz’s roommate, whose name is unknown at this time, told detectives that the suspect returned to the apartment prior to his arrest with cleaning supplies, apparently to get rid of blood.

The suspect is being held without bond on charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and drug offenses.

Original Story

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. 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.

Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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