SANTA ANA, California. – A suspect has been arrested in the death of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found at a California park, authorities said Friday.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carrie Brain declined to provide a name or other details. A press conference is scheduled later in the day.
The student, Blaze Bernstein, was home on winter break when he disappeared on Jan. 2 after he was taken by a friend to a park in Lake Forest.
The friend was questioned by the police, who described him as nervous and said that he had scratched hands and dirt under his nails.
Bernstein’s body was found Tuesday in the brush surrounding the park. The authorities said that they are investigating the death as a murder.
Bernstein, a college sophomore psychology was last seen at the park on the night of 2 Jan. Witnesses told the authorities that Bernstein had a meeting with a friend and the two drove to the park, where Bernstein got out of the car.
The friend told the sheriff’s investigator that he left about an hour later, when Bernstein does not return or respond on social media.
Search and rescue workers were looking for Bernstein for several days, with help of drone-pilots.
Bernstein ‘ s death was the close-knit community of 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles. Hundreds held a vigil to remember him.
It is the only murder reported in Lake Forest in at least four years, according to the authorities.
Bernstein attended the Orange County High School of the Arts for creative writing. He was recently chosen for the editing of a culinary magazine on the campus.