Suspect in Temple University student's murder has criminal past

Sep 06, 2017, 12:20
Suspect in Temple University student's murder has criminal past

Police say the ride sharing service Lyft was used to move the body of a missing Temple University student more than 100 miles from where she was killed.

The body of Jenna Burleigh, 22, was found on Paupack Township property belonging to the grandmother of the prime suspect in the student's death. He has been charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.

It unclear if the driver, who has not been identified, knew what Hupperterz was transporting. "We stand ready to work with the authorities in their investigation".

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And Temple University says all students should know they're not alone. Burleigh, 22, whose father reported her missing Thursday, died from the "combined effects of blunt trauma and strangulation", Wayne County Coroner Edward R. Howell said in an autopsy report released Sunday.

Just before 9 p.m. Friday, state police officers found and arrested Hupperterz at his grandmother's home in Hawley, Pa., about 140 miles north of Philadelphia in Wayne County.

Scranton police filed public drunkenness and similar misconduct charges against Hupperterz in September 2012, court documents show; the case is still listed as active.

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Family member Ed Burleigh said Saturday on Facebook "Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven". Now, friends remember her as a positive and caring person who believed in helping others, her social media posts asking for donations for Philadelphia's homeless and advocating for equality during a local women's march in January.

"Hupperterz informed [a detective] that he had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with", according to a statement by Philadelphia police.

A Souderton Area High School graduate, she recently transferred to Temple from Montgomery County Community College.

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Burleigh was with Hupperterz at around 2 Pub Web near Temple's main campus.