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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. (Photo: Philadelphia Police Department via AP)

The man charged in the death of a Temple University student who went missing last week allegedly used the ride-sharing service Lyft to transport the victim’s body in a container over 100 miles to his grandmother’s house in Hawley, Pennsylvania, a police source told The Philadelphia Inquirer. Police say 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh was last seen on surveillance video leaving an on-campus pub with 29-year-old Joshua Hupperterz on Thursday, Aug. 31 and that her body was found on Saturday, Sept. 2 following searches of Hupperterz’s home in Philadelphia and his grandmother’s home in Hawley, Wayne County.

The Wayne County coroner said Burleigh’s cause of death was a combination of blunt trauma and strangulation and ruled her death a homicide, according to the Associated Press. Hupperterz is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse, as well as manufacturing with the intent to deliver in relation to narcotics found during the search of his residence.

The suspect was taken into custody on Friday near where the body was found, approximately 141 miles from Philadelphia, according to police. Investigators believe Burleigh was killed in Philadelphia and that her body was transported first to the suspect’s mother’s house in Jenkintown, just outside of Philadelphia, and then to the residence in Hawley where the remains were discovered in a utility shed, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hupperterz allegedly made the hours-long trip from Jenkintown to Hawley, with Burleigh’s remains stored in a container, in a Lyft car.

“These allegations are devastating. We stand ready to work with authorities in their investigation,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to CBS Philly.

Burleigh was first reported missing by her father on Thursday, Aug. 31 after she did not attend her scheduled classes that day. He had last seen his daughter the night before, according to police, and she told him she was going out with a group of friends, but did not stay in contact with him afterward, which he said was unusual. The surveillance video showing Burleigh and Hupperterz near the pub in the early morning hours of Aug. 31 was discovered following the missing person investigation by the Lower Salford and Temple University Police, and police searched Hupperterz’s residence on Friday, Sept. 1, finding evidence related to Burleigh’s disappearance as well as narcotics.

Burleigh told police he was too drunk on the night of Burleigh’s disappearance to remember who he had been with when he left the bar. He was taken into custody on Friday, and police told reporters Saturday that he had confessed to some “elements of the crime,” according to The Philidelphia Inquirer. Hupperterz had scratches on his face and a cut on his hand following Burleigh’s disappearance, and police found blood splattered in multiple locations at his residence, the Inquirer reports.

Burleigh was a junior transfer student at Temple who transferred from Montgomery County Community College and studied film and media arts. Hupperterz is also a former Temple student, according to a university announcement. The university president, Richard M. Englert, also announced that a vigil would be held for Burleigh in the campus’ Founder’s Garden today at 3:30 p.m.

“To Jenna’s family and friends, Temple University extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences. We join with you in mourning the loss of a remarkable woman whose passion for serving others, especially the most vulnerable in society, is a model for all of us to follow,” Englert said. 

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