Crime Suspect arrested in killing of Blaze Bernstein, the Ivy League student found dead in Orange County park

01:55  13 january  2018
01:55  13 january  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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a close up of a tree: LAKE FOREST CA JANUARY 06, 2018 --- A flyer posted by Orange County Sheriff Department asking for help in search of missing young man. A 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student by the name of Blaze Bernstein has been missing since Tuesday. He was last seen at Borrego Park in the Foothill Ranch community of Lake Forest in Orange County. Sheriff's deputies are conducting a canine search of the area. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) © Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times LAKE FOREST CA JANUARY 06, 2018 --- A flyer posted by Orange County Sheriff Department asking for help in search of missing young man. A 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student by the name of Blaze Bernstein has been missing since Tuesday. He was last seen at Borrego Park in the Foothill Ranch community of Lake Forest in Orange County. Sheriff's deputies are conducting a canine search of the area. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Orange County, California, sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in the killing of Blaze Bernstein, the missing 19-year-old whose body was found in an Orange County park this week, officials said Friday.

Missing student's body found, death considered a homicide

  Missing student's body found, death considered a homicide Blaze Bernstein, 19, went to a park on the night of Jan. 2 to meet an unknown person and never returned, a family attorney saysAuthorities are investigating Bernstein's death as a homicide. An autopsy is being performed Wednesday.

Blaze Bernstein went missing Jan. 2. His body was found a week later near Borrego Park . A male suspect was taken into custody Friday in the death of Blaze Bernstein , the Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

An arrest has been made in the death of 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein , who was found dead in a Southern California park .

In announcing the arrest, investigators did not immediately identify the individual in custody.

A law enforcement source not authorized to discuss the investigation named the man detained as Samuel Woodward, 21, of Newport Beach.

The arrest comes three days after Bernstein’s body was found near a Foothill Ranch park where he vanished Jan. 2.

A Los Angeles Times reporter on Thursday knocked on Woodward’s door in Newport Beach. A woman, speaking from behind the door, said she had “no comment to make. I would appreciate it if you would respect my privacy.”

Detectives working with coroner’s officials had run forensic evidence gathered at the scene for DNA to help identify a potential suspect, law enforcement sources said.

A search warrant affidavit in connection with the investigation of Bernstein’s homicide has also raised questions about the account of a friend who was the last person to see the University of Pennsylvania student.

Investigators testing evidence for DNA in killing of University of Pennsylvania student

  Investigators testing evidence for DNA in killing of University of Pennsylvania student Detectives investigating the killing of a 19-year-old Ivy League student whose body was found in an Orange County park are running forensic evidence gathered at the scene for DNA to help identify a potential suspect, law enforcement sources said Thursday. A search warrant affidavit in connection with the investigation of Blaze Bernstein's homicide also has raised questions about the account of a friend who was the last person to see the University of Pennsylvania student.

Suspect arrested in Blaze Bernstein murder case. Orange County sheriff's officials were expected to give details of the arrest at an afternoon news conference. The suspect 's identity has not been released.

A suspect has been arrested in the homicide case surrounding Blaze Bernstein , a 19-year-old college student whose body was found in an Orange County park this week. Orange County sheriff's officials took the suspect into custody on Friday.

The friend told detectives he dropped off Bernstein in a Foothill Ranch park shortly before midnight Jan. 2. The warrant, obtained by the Orange County Register, said that the friend had scratches and abrasions on his hands and dirty fingernails and that he said he could not recall the last name or address of a girlfriend he visited after dropping off Bernstein.

When asked about the abrasions by detectives, the young man said that they were from a "fight club" he participated in and that his fingernails were dirty because he fell into a "dirt puddle" during sparring.

The friend had attended the Orange County School of the Arts with Bernstein.

Bernstein was on winter break from college and visiting his parents in Lake Forest when he disappeared.

Bernstein’s family has declined to be interviewed. Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, the victim’s mother, said she needed time to mourn.

“My stomach clenches a little bit at thinking of my tiny little boy (all 46 inches) walking to class by himself, but I know you'll make it to Room 16 when I leave you at the curb of Foothill Ranch Elementary School," she wrote on Sept. 21, 2004.

Bernstein’s body was found next to the school, his mother said.

Jeanne Pepper Bernstein said her daughter, Beaue, 14, is heartbroken over her brother’s death.

“They were very close this past year,” she said in an earlier interview. “He really started to enjoy her and her antics. She looked up to him.”

richard.winton@latimes.com

Twitter: @lacrimes


Ex-classmate accused of killing Blaze Bernstein boasted of religious faith, conservative views .
The 20-year-old Newport Beach man facing a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of former high school classmate Blaze Bernstein spoke openly on social media about his Catholic faith and conservative political views. Samuel Lincoln Woodward wrote more than a year ago on his ASKfm page that if he were stranded on a tropical island, he’d want a Bible and a Colt .45 with him.“Anything is possible through the Lord who strengthens me,” he wrote.

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