According to a police press release, the Bensalem Police Department received a 911 call about a possible homicide on the afternoon of November 25, with the caller detailing an Instagram video chat she received from a friend.
According to police, during the chat, the teen stated that he “had just killed someone” before flipping the camera around and showing the bloodied legs and feet of someone. According to police, he then asked for help in disposing of the body.
The caller told police that the teen who sent the message lived at the Top of the Ridge trailer park in Bensalem. When officers arrived, the teen fled from the back of a trailer and was later apprehended about a mile away on Newport Mews Drive and Groton Drive, according to police.
According to authorities, officers who entered the trailer discovered a girl dead on the bathroom floor from an apparent gunshot wound. Investigators also stated that “substantial steps” were taken to clean up the crime scene. The victim’s identity and age have not been revealed, except that she is a minor.
According to police, the suspect, 16-year-old Joshua Cooper, is being charged as an adult with criminal homicide, possession of criminal instruments, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. According to online court records, he appeared for a preliminary arraignment on the night of November 25 and was denied bail. It’s unclear if he entered a plea.
According to police, Cooper is being held at the Edison Juvenile Detention Center. According to online records, his arraignment is scheduled for December 7. Investigators are requesting that anyone with additional information on the case contact the Bensalem Police Department.