Police Charge Pennsylvania Teen With Murder After He Allegedly Sent Gruesome Video Asking For Help Disposing Body

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Police said they arrested a 16-year-old boy Friday in Pennsylvania after he allegedly sent a gory picture to an acquaintance on Instagram asking for help disposing of a body.

Bensalem Police received a call around 4:11 p.m. from the parents of a 16-year-old acquaintance of Joshua Cooper. The parents said their daughter received a video on Instagram from Cooper who said he had killed someone and needed help disposing of the body. The video allegedly showed “the legs and feet of someone covered in blood,” police said.

Police went to Cooper’s residence at Top of the Ridge Trailer Park in Bensalem to check on the property.

“[As] police went to check the property and as they arrived, a juvenile male ran out of the back of the trailer,” police said. “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.” (RELATED: Medical Student Allegedly Murdered His Online Lover And Harvested Her Organs: Reports)

The deceased girl was 13 years old, according to WFMZ. The victim was reportedly unrelated to Cooper and had a gunshot wound to the chest.

Cooper was later found in the area of Newport Mews Drive and Groton Drive, according to police.

Cooper is being charged as an adult with criminal homicide, possessing instruments of crime and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He was denied bail, according to police.