Detectives seek motive in murder of Temple student

Josh Hupperterz
Josh Hupperterz

06 September, 2017

Police say Joshua Hupperterz, 29, admitted to 'elements of the crime, ' as indicated by the New York Daily News.

A man has been charged with murder in the disappearance of a Temple University student.

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

They say he then put her corpse in a storage bin and moved it to his mother's house in nearby Jenkintown before transporting it 140 miles north to his grandmother's home in Paupack Township via a taxi booked through Lyft - a service similar to Uber. A body presumed to be Burleigh's was found on a relative's property.

After speaking with Hupperterz's roommate, investigators obtained a search warrant for his apartment, just around the block from Pub Webb, Philadelphia police said.

The next day, Edward Burleigh said he hadn't heard from his daughter, which was unusual, so he drove to the university to see if she was there.

"He tried claiming he was on the football team", Temple senior Ahmad Goode said.

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In 2013, he was charged with burglary and other offences after allegedly stealing electronics, laundry detergent and a keg of beer from a home in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

"She spent a lot of time combating racism and sexism, and she very much defended the rights for the LGBTQIA plus community", Madaus said.

Burleigh had transferred as a junior from Montgomery County Community College, majoring in film and media arts.

Temple University officials released a statement Saturday expressing sympathy to Burleigh's family.

Authorities say 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh went missing Thursday morning near the school campus in Philadelphia.

Temple is offering on-campus counseling 8:30 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Tuttleman Counseling Services.

Her father, Ed Burleigh, said in a message on Facebook: "Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven. Now I know for sure that you can have a "broken heart" RIP honey".

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