The Latest: a Friend of You Penn student arrested in murder case

SANTA ANA, California. – The Latest on an arrest in the death of a 19-year-old student found, buried in a California park (all times are local):

4:50 pm

Authorities arrested a friend (in the killing of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student who was buried in a shallow grave, in a Southern California park.

Orange County officials say the 20-year-old Samuel Lincoln Woodward of Newport Beach, was Friday arrested on suspicion of murder.

Undersheriff Don Barnes says DNA evidence links Woodward of the crime. Details of Bernstein’s death is not being released.

Barnes says the researchers are still working to determine a motive.

Barnes says Woodward was the last person to see Blaze Bernstein life. Bernstein was a visit to his family in Foothill Ranch, during the winter break when his high school friend Woodward picked him up on Jan. 2, and drove with him to various places for the winding-up at a neighborhood park.

Bernstein’s body was found Tuesday after the recent rains partially visible.

Authorities say Woodward has asked for a lawyer.


2:49 pm

A suspect has been arrested in the death of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found this week at a Southern California park.

Orange County sheriff’s department spokeswoman Carrie Braun says the suspect was taken into custody Friday. They did not identify the suspect or other information.

The student, Blaze Bernstein, was home on winter break when he disappeared on Jan. 2 after he was taken to the park with a friend.

The friend was questioned by the police, who described him as nervous.

Bernstein’s body was found in the brush surrounding a neighborhood park in the Foothill Ranch area of Lake Forest on Tuesday, after a search lasting almost a week.

The authorities have said that they are investigating the death as a murder.

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