Body of Missing University of Pennsylvania Student Found in California

Body of Missing University of Pennsylvania Student Found in California

A young man was taken into custody Friday in connection with the death of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student who went missing and was found dead in a Lake Forest park after a weeklong search.

Police identified the suspect as Samuel Woodward, 20, of nearby Newport Beach, the Orange County Register reported. Investigators also said they would not release details on the condition of Bernstein's body or what may have occurred at 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 met with a friend last Tuesday and the two drove to Borrego Park, witnesses told the sheriff's department, according to ABC News.

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. The friend couldn't remember the last name of the girlfriend he said he went to see later that night and avoided touching doors at the sheriff's offices following an interview, the investigator wrote. These were from a "fight club" he was involved in, according to the report.

Woodward also had dirt under his fingernails, which he told authorities was due to falling into a "dirty puddle" while sparring.

Investigators said Bernstein walked into the darkness at Borrego Park - which is next door to Foothill Ranch Elementary School, which he attended - and disappeared, while his friend waited back in the vehicle, according to a report from CBS Los Angeles.

Bernstein's body was found Tuesday after recent rains partially exposed it.

Bernstein's parents had never heard of Woodward, said attorney Annee Della Donna.

During a meeting with authorities earlier this week, police say Woodward put his jacket over his hand so that his bare skin would not touch any part of the doors he opened and closed on his way out of the police station.

"They were very close this past year", she said.

"Finally. My thoughts are: Revenge is empty".

"Nothing will bring back my son, so we ask the world to please honor Blaze's memory by doing an act of kindness today".

'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.

Nineteen-year-old Blaze Bernstein was reported missing January 3 by his family, who became concerned after he didn't show up for a dental appointment and they found his wallet and glasses in his room.

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

Pictured is another view of the park.

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.

When he was arrested, Woodward was wearing a shirt that read: 'Keep the peace'.

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