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High school friend arrested in case of missing…

High school friend arrested in case of missing…

Authorities in Ocean County, California, have made an arrest in the death of University of Pennsylvania sophomore Blaze Bernstein. No further details were immediately released regarding the identity of the suspect. PREVIOUS STORY BELOW.Bernstein's body was found Tuesday in the brush along the perimeter of Lake Forest's Borrego Park after he had been missing for a week.

In a press conference held by the Orange County Sheriff's Department on January 12, authorities confirmed that the suspect taken into custody is Samuel Woodward, 20, who along with Bernstein, attended the Orange County School of the Arts, one of the top schools in the country to study creative writing. He had gone missing in the park on January 2, sparking a week-long search for him in and near the park.

While Barnes said that authorities have confirmed that Woodward and Bernstein knew each other from high school, they do not yet know the nature of their relationship. Bernstein's death has rocked the tight-knit community 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

Bernstein was on winter break from college and visiting his parents in Lake Forest when he disappeared. The friend said he and Bernstein spoke on Snapchat that night of January 2 and made plans for the friend to pick him up.

On Thursday, a search warrant indicated that the friend, who was not identified, appeared visibly shaken while being interviewed by detectives. Woodward's hands were scratched and had dirt on them one of the times he was interviewed by detectives, the document says. While leaving the sheriff's facility during an interview, he covered his hands with clothing before touching the door knobs, the affidavit says.

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 vehicle, the Orange County sheriff's investigator wrote in the document.

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

He waited for about an hour and tried to contact Bernstein, the newspaper reported, and he told investigators that he then left the park around 1 a.m., drove to a girlfriend's house before returning to the park at about 3:40 a.m. after Bernstein had not yet responded.

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.

Woodward, according to the affidavit, said he did not remember his girlfriend's last name or where she lived.

It also states that detectives speaking to the friend at Borrego Park on January 4 noticed his hands had several small scratches and abrasions. He told relatives he was meeting up with his friends.


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