Suspect in Philadelphia student killing used Lyft to move body
The man suspected of killing a 22-year-old Temple University student hired a Lyft to move her body more than 100 miles, according to reports.
Suspect Joshua Hupperterz was arrested Saturday for killing Jenna Burleigh, whom he was seen leaving a Philadelphia bar last Thursday at about 2 a.m.
Investigators believe he killed her at his apartment last Thursday, put her in a storage bin and kept her at his mother’s home in Jenkinstown, Pa., according to local NBC affiliate WCAU.
He then hired the Lyft to bring Burleigh’s remains about 100 miles north to his grandmother’s property in Wayne County, Pa.
That’s where police found the Harleysville, Pa.-native’s body on Saturday, and charged Hupperterz with murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and drug offenses.
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“The allegations are devastating,” Lyft said in a statement to local ABC affiliate WPVI. “We stand ready to work with the authorities in their investigation.”
The Wayne County Coroner’s ruled Monday that she died of blunt trauma and strangulation.
Hupperterz’s roommate said the 29-year-old former Temple student returned to their apartment at one point with cleaning supplies to get rid of blood, the news channel reported.
Police found blood and drugs inside the Philadelphia residence when they went in through a search warrant, according to WPVI.
Burleigh had just transferred to Temple and was commuting to the school from Harleysville — about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
“She was an exuberant person,” friend Danielle Halteman told WCAU. “It’s hard to imagine her not being here.”
Her death left even police veterans shocked.
“This really strikes home for you, particularly, thinking about the heartache and the grief that those parents must be going through right now,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters.