PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (YC – Police) – The Philadelphia Police released the following timeline regarding the disappearance of Temple University student Jenna Burleigh leading up to the discovery of her body in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, August 31, 2017, at approximately 8:23pm, Mr. Burleigh, reported his daughter 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh, from Harleysville Pa missing to the Lower Salford Police Department.
According to Mr. Burleigh, Jenna commutes to Temple University for classes, and that on Wednesday, Thursday, August 31, 2017, he met his daughter for dinner and she informed him that she was going out with a group of friends that night, and was going to stay overnight with one of her friends. Mr. Burleigh then dropped his daughter off at her friend’s house in the Temple area and proceeded home. He had not heard from his daughter since that time, which is very unusual; after not being able to get in contact with his daughter, Mr. Burleigh traveled to Temple University to make enquiries and discovered that his daughter had not attended her scheduled class that day. Both Lower Salford Township and Temple University Police initiated and investigation to her whereabouts
Police recovered surveillance video that captured Jenna and a male identified as Joshua Hupperterz, 28 years, from 17XX North 16th St, Philadelphia, leaving a location on the, 1500 block Cecil B Moore Ave, and walking west towards 16th Street at approximately 2:08am.
Temple Police Investigators made contact with Mr. Hupperterz by telephone and asked him what he knew about Jenna’s disappearance. Hupperterz informed him that he had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with.
On Friday, September 1, 2017, PPD Central Detectives spoke with the roommate of Mr.Hupperterz, who provided investigators with credible information on the appearance of Mr. Hupperterz and the last time he spoke with Mr. Hupperterz. A search warrant was obtained for 17XX North 16th Street which revealed further evidence into the investigation and narcotics.
On Friday, September 1, 2017, at approximately 8:45PM, Pennsylvania State Police found Mr. Hupperterz in Hawley Pa approximately 141 miles from Philadelphia where he was taken into custody and transported to Central Detectives for further investigation into the disappearance of Jenna Burleigh.
Joshua Hupperterz, 29 years old from 17XX North 16th Street was arrested for his involvement in the murder of Jenna Burleigh. Hupperterz is charged with: Murder, Tampering with Evidence, Abuse of Corpse; Manufacturing with the Intent to Deliver and related offenses.
The investigation is active and ongoing with the Homicide Unit.