BENSALEM, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A 16-year-old allegedly confessed to a friend during a video chat on Instagram that he killed someone, police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, said.
According to the police, the suspect identified as Joshua Cooper is said to have video chatted with a 16-year-old friend on Friday and told her about the crime.
This acquaintance told police Cooper turned the video camera around and showed the 13-year-old victim’s bloodied feet.
Cooper reportedly asked this friend to help dispose of the body.
The girl told her mother, who immediately called the police.
Police say officers went to Cooper’s home at the Top of the Ridge Trailer Park on Gibson Road and as they approached, they said a teenage male – later identified as Cooper – ran out of the back of the trailer.
The body of the victim, previously identified only as a teenage woman, was found on the bathroom floor with an apparent gunshot wound.
Cooper was later found near the trailer park.
Police say there is substantial evidence someone attempted to clean up the crime scene.
Neighbors say they heard a shot but didn’t think anything of it at the time.
“I wanted to take the kid over to turkey because his dad was out hunting that day,” neighbor Gary Seeley said.
According to Bensalem Police, Cooper told investigators that he cleaned out his father’s safe and sorted the guns and ammunition before the 13-year-old girl was taken to his home.
Cooper claims the girl went to the bathroom and that’s where, detectives say, she was killed.
“The boy seemed harmless. I know he’s had problems, you know. I thought he was more of a danger to himself,” Seeley said.
The coroner said the teen’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the neck and upper chest.
Cooper was taken to a juvenile detention center without bail.
He faces multiple charges including criminal murder, possession of criminal instruments, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
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