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Police: Missing Temple student from Montgomery County murdered, suspect arrested

A missing Temple University student from Montgomery County was found murdered in the northern Poconos, and a suspect has been arrested, according to police.

The suspect, Joshua Hupperterz, a former Temple University student, is charged with the murder of Jenna Burleigh, 22, and related offenses, according to Philadelphia police.

"He gave us a statement admitting to elements of the crime," said a Philadelphia police official.

Burleigh was last seen near Temple's main campus in Philadelphia early Thursday morning.

Late Saturday afternoon, her father, Ed Burleigh, posted on Facebook: "Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven. Now I know for sure that you can have a 'broken heart' RIP honey."

Burleigh was a commuter student from Lower Salford Township.

Police said her body was found in Paupack Township, Wayne County at the home property of the suspect's grandmother.

Police said Burleigh was last seen near Pub Webb around 2 a.m. Thursday. Police said the two met at a bar on the Temple campus. Police said they have no information to indicate the two had a previous relationship.

Police said Hupperterz transferred the body from his apartment near the Temple campus to a property in Jenkintown, and then his grandmother's property in Wayne County.

When asked about the suspect's legal history, police said he had "prior contact with law enforcement."

Hupperterz was arraigned Sunday morning on murder and related charges. He was denied bail. A preliminary hearing is set for later this month.

Police said the investigation is still in its early phases and they are expecting to release more details.

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