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Pennsylvania teen charged in homicide after showing body on Instagram video call, police say

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Teen Called Girl on Instagram Video Chat, Confessed He’d Killed Someone, and Showed Her ‘Legs and Feet . . . Covered in Blood’: Police

BENSALEM, Penn. – On Friday, November 25, 2022 at 4:11 pm, Bensalem Police received a 9-1-1 call about a possible homicide. The caller stated that her daughter received an Instagram video chat from a 16-year-old acquaintance.

During the video chat, the 16-year-old stated that he had just killed someone. He then flipped the video image and showed the legs and feet of someone covered in blood. He then asked for assistance with disposal of the body.

Bensalem Police were advised that the 16-year-old, later identified as Joshua Cooper, lived in Top of the Ridge Trailer Park located at 1446 Gibson Road, Bensalem PA.

Police went to check the property and as they arrived, a juvenile male ran out of the back of the trailer. When officers entered the mobile home, they observed a deceased juvenile female on the floor of the bathroom with an apparent gunshot wound.

There were also indications that substantial steps were taken to clean up the crime scene. Other responding officers conducted a search for the juvenile and a short time later, he was stopped in the area of Newport Mews Drive and Groton Drive, taken into custody and identified as Joshua Cooper.

Joshua Cooper was charged as an adult with the following crimes: Criminal Homicide, Possessing Instruments of Crime and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.

He was arraigned by District Justice Wertman, denied bail and sent to the Edison Juvenile Detention Center.


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