Teen asked Insta followers how to dispose of a dead body after killing girl, 13

A 16-year-old boy was arrested after he turned to his Instagram followers for help with disposing the body of a 13-year-old girl he is said to have killed.

Joshua Cooper, 16, from Bensalem, Pennsylvania, US, sent a video to a friend before flipping the camera to show the legs of a victim covered in blood laying on the floor, reports said.

The police were contacted by Cooper’s friend after she received the Instagram message, in which he allegedly confessed to the murder.

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Following the phone call, officers went to the trailer park where Cooper lives, where they found the victim dead on the bathroom floor, noting she had a gunshot wound to her chest.

Upon arrival, officers noted that “substantial steps” had been taken to clean up the scene of the crime.

Cooper ran from police, but they managed to catch him and bring him into custody.

He reportedly told police “it was an accident”, claiming during his initial interview that he was cleaning out his father’s safe and removed the firearms that were inside.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Cooper said that he accessed the safe by “replacing the batteries his father had removed, which had made the combination lock inoperable”.

He then spent the afternoon with the victim, watching TV, before he shot her.

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One resident of the trailer park told the media: "I heard a gunshot and I know about gunshots. And I come out and open the door and I see the boy run across there.

"I talked to the boy out here on the bench a couple of times and he seemed troubled."

Police reported they did not identify her due to her being a juvenile, and that she was identified by her jewellery.

They did confirm, however, that she was not a resident of Bensalem or related to Cooper.

Cooper was denied bail and sent to the Edison Juvenile Detention Center.

He faces charges of criminal homicide, possessing instruments of crime and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and has a preliminary hearing set for December 7.

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