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Coroner: Temple student died of blunt trauma, strangulation

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 5, 2017 5:18 AM
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An undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Joshua Hupperterz of Philadelphia. Authorities say 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh went missing around 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, near Temple's campus. They say ex-Temple student Hupperterz, last seen with Burleigh, was taken into custody Saturday in Paupack Township in northeastern Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP)

(Philadelphia) -- The Wayne County coroner says a combination of blunt trauma and strangulation killed a Temple University student found on property linked to a former student now charged in her death.

The coroner's office concludes the death of 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh was a homicide.

Police say Burleigh was last seen on surveillance video leaving a bar near the school campus in north Philadelphia early Thursday with 29-year-old Joshua Hupperterz, a former Temple student.

Authorities believe she was killed in Philadelphia and taken to Paupack Township in northeastern Pennsylvania, about 25 miles east of Scranton, where her body was found Saturday on property belonging to Hupperterz's grandmother.

Hupperterz has been charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime, evidence-tampering and abuse of a corpse.

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