Law enforcement in Pennsylvania have been frantically searching for a missing woman, and now authorities say that search has concluded with a tragic end.
Police say they've located the body of 22 year old Jenna Burleigh, who was found on a lakefront property belonging to the suspect in the case’s grandmother.
At around 8:23 PM this past Thursday, August 31st, Jenna Burleigh’s father reported his daughter missing to the Lower Salford Police Department.
The 22 year old girl was a native of Harleyville, Pennsylvania and a Temple University Student who was loved by all of her friends and family.
Her father told the police that Jenna commutes to Temple University for classes and that he has just 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,” a police news release said.
According to her father he 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 and considered it very unusual for her to not call him.
Her dad says he then traveled to Temple University and the school stated that Jenna also had not attended her scheduled classes that day.
Lower Salford Township and Temple University Police both began looking for the young woman at that time.
Temple University wrote, “Jenna joined the Temple community just this week as a junior transfer student from Montgomery County Community College, majoring in film and media arts. Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna’s family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We need your help in finding Temple student Jenna Burleigh, who was last seen on August 31st at 2am. Please share any information. <a href="https://t.co/eqRnyjcc3u">pic.twitter.com/eqRnyjcc3u</a></p>— Temple Police (@TU_Police) <a href="https://twitter.com/TU_Police/status/903643872886181888">September 1, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Shortly then after the Philadelphia Police said that they had “recovered surveillance video” that captured Jenna and a male identified as Joshua Hupperterz, from North 16th Street in Philadelphia, leaving a bar on the 1500 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue and walking west towards 16th Street at approximately 2:08 AM together.
Temple Police then contacted Hupperterz by phone and asked him if he knew anything about Jenna’s disappearance.
Hupperterz told the police that he “had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with.”
The ex-Temple student, Joshua Hupperterz, who was last seen in the video with Burleigh, was taken into custody on Saturday in Paupack Township in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Police now say that a body presumed to be Burleigh’s was found on lakefront property which is owned by Hupperterz’s grandmother.
Authorities believe she was killed in Philadelphia and then her body taken to the property to be disposed of in Paupack Township, about 25 miles east of Scranton.
Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit Capt. John Ryan says the death doesn’t appear to be premeditated, but at this time it's too soon to determine what the cause of death may be.
One of Jenna's family members, Ed Burleigh said Saturday on Facebook “Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven.”
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Temple University President Richard M. Englert <a href="https://news.temple.edu/announcements/2017-09-02/update-missing-student">issued the following message:</a>
<blockquote>nna joined the Temple community just this week as a junior transfer student from Montgomery County Community College, majoring in film and media arts. Our deepest sympathies go out to Jenna’s family and her classmates, both here at Temple and at Montgomery County Community College.</blockquote>
<blockquote>This is a tragic event, and anyone in the Temple community could be deeply touched by it. We want to remind you that Tuttleman Counseling Services is available on Main Campus, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 215-204-7276. After regular business hours, for psychiatric emergency services 24 hours a day, contact Temple's Crisis Response Center at Episcopal Hospital at 215-707-2577 or contact Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234. Students who require assistance off-campus should dial 911.</blockquote>
<blockquote>As always, students should call Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234 from off campus or 1-1234 from campus if they feel unsafe for any reason.</blockquote>
A tragic end for a young woman who had her entire life ahead of her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this time of great grieving.
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