Blaze Bernstein case: Suspect identified in University of Pennsylvania student's death


The friend said he went with Bernstein to a neighborhood park in the city of Lake Forest on January 2 to meet up with the victim's girlfriend but stayed in the auto, the Orange County sheriff's investigator wrote in the document. At around 1:15 p.m. a photo was taken of the suspect arriving to the jail.

Woodward, who was questioned by police in the case, is a friend of Bernstein, authorities say.

"As a parent myself, I put myself in the shoes of the Bernsteins and can't imagine the grief they must now face", he said.

The suspect and the arrested man had attended the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana at the same time at one point.

Sheriff's officials said the investigation is ongoing and a motive is still not known. DNA tying Woodward to the crime has also been obtained, Barnes said, but he declined to provide specifics.

"Evidence collected ties Mr".

When the Sheriff's Department initially interview Woodward, he said that he dropped Bernstein off at the park and waited for an hour in the auto.

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Investigators were led to Woodward after accessing Bernstein's Snapchat account, Barnes said.

She tweeted, when hearing the news: 'Finally. "Revenge is empty. It will never bring back my son".

"Nothing will bring back my son so we ask the world to please honor Blaze's memory by doing an act of kindness today - don't wait - do it now". My only hopes are that he will never have the opportunity to hurt anyone else again and that something meaningful can come from the senseless act of Blaze's murder.

Blaze Bernstein has been missing since Tue., Jan. 2, 2018.

During a press conference on Friday, a sheriff's spokesperson said that although Blaze's disappearance was initially treated as a missing persons case, the abundance of clues, information, and the ultimate discovery of the victim's body, found buried in a shallow grave on the south end of Borrego Park, turned it into a homicide case. They drove to the park. Investigators have been unable to confirm whether there was a third person at the park.

After the sheriff's department announced on Wednesday it had found and identified Bernstein's body, his parents thanked investigators in an emotional statement to reporters. In the affidavit, the investigator wrote that the friend said the scratches on his hands and dirty nails were from a "fight club" he was involved in. But, the affidavit says, while he had told investigators he went to his girlfriend's home after he left Bernstein in the park, he said he could not remember her last name and did not know where she lived. While leaving the sheriff's facility during an interview, he covered his hands with clothing before touching door knobs, the affidavit says. "With his death, a lovely life has been extinguished".

"We will continue to search for justice for Blaze and his family", Annee Della Donna, an attorney for the Bernstein family, said at the press conference, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian.