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Coroner reveals cause of death in Temple student's slaying

04 September 2017

After an autopsy, officials said that Burleigh was killed by a combination of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

In a press conference Saturday night authorities say that Joshua Hupperterz, 29 has been taken into custody and is facing multiple charges including the murder of 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh, CBS Philadelphia reports.

Burleigh was with Hupperterz at around 2 a.m.at Pub Web near Temple's main campus. Police found the woman's body on a lakefront property belonging to Hupperterz's grandmother in Paupack.

An undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Joshua Hupperterz of Philadelphia.

In addition to murder, Hupperterz faces charges of tampering with evidence, abuse of corpse and drug offenses.

Police also found "10 to 15 pillow case-size bags of marijuana" and approximately $20,000 in cash in the apartment, according to the Inquirer. There is not an attorney listed for him.

Philadelphia police said Hupperterz, who once attended Temple, told university police investigators on Friday that he "had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with".

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A formal news conference was canceled earlier in the week because of the storm, so email responses were the next-best thing. She's hungry for pizza and can't wait to use a regular flush toilet again.

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.

Authorities said they found discovered blood spatter on Hupperterz's back door, kitchen sink, and on a trash can lid. Burleigh's father reported his daughter missing later Thursday.

Multiple news outlets also reported Saturday that police began searching a home along the 800 block of Waverly Avenue in Jenkintown, according to multiple reports.

Temple University President Richard Englert said Burleigh started at the school this semester as a junior transfer student from Montgomery County Community College, majoring in film and media arts. "Now I know for sure that you can have a "broken heart" RIP honey", Burleigh's father, Ed Burleigh, wrote on Facebook.

Police released pictures of Burleigh (seen below), who's from Lower Salford in Montgomery County.

Any information should be reported to Temple Police at 215-204-1234 or Confidential Tip Line at 215-204-6493.

Coroner reveals cause of death in Temple student's slaying