Temple University student Jenna Burleigh was missing since Thursday and there was no information leading to whereabouts. Reports suggested that the 22-year old Jenna Burleigh was last seen leaving a bar in North Philadelphia early Thursday morning. Since then there was no trace of the girl.
On Saturday her body was located some than 100 miles from where she was last seen. Her body was discovered at Wayne County, Pennsylvania, at a lakefront home.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross while talking about the development expressed his grief over the unfortunate incident. “This really strikes home for you, particularly, thinking about the heartache and the grief that those parents must be going through right now…[Her] father, who last had dinner with his daughter, it really breaks your heart to hear … that was the last time he saw her”, said Richard Ross.
In the meantime, a 29-year old man, Joshua Hupperterz, has been arrested and is set to be charged with murder and related offices, police said. In a press conference Saturday night authorities claimed that Joshua Hupperterz, a former student of the Temple University has been arrested and is facing multiple charges including the murder of 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh.
Authorities claim that the suspect met Hupperterz, at the bar and were seen leaving together on video Thursday morning. This video apparently led authorities to the suspect where they eventually discovered the body of the young woman.
Authorities are of the view that the woman was apparently killed in Philadelphia and then taken to Paupack Township, about 25 miles east of Scranton. Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit Capt. John Ryan says the death doesn’t appear to be premeditated.
It was apparently a combined strength of local police, federal and state agencies that helped them crack the case and discover the body. Reports suggest that the search involved local, state and federal law enforcement agencies led officials to a property on the 1700 block of North 16th Street, where police believe Burleigh died. Authorities claim that from this place her body was transported to Jenkintown and then to Paupack Township in Wayne County.
Her family is grieving the sudden disappearance and then her unfortunate death. Her uncle said on his Facebook page, “Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven. Now I know for sure that you can have a ‘broken heart’ RIP honey”. The Harleysville woman recently transferred from Montgomery County Community College earlier this year and majored in film and media arts. “She literally started classes on Monday,” Betzner said.