Authorities arrest suspect in death of Ivy League student

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in the death of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found at a Southern California park, authorities said Friday.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carrie Brain declined to provide a name or other details. A press conference was scheduled later in the day.

The student, Blaze Bernstein, a sophomore studying psychology, was home on winter break when he was last seen the night of Jan. 2 after a friend drove him to a park in Lake Forest.

The friend was interviewed by authorities, who was described as nervous and had scratched hands and dirt under his fingernails. The friend said Bernstein had walked into the park after getting out of his car, and the friend left about an hour later when Bernstein did not return or respond on social media.

Search and rescue crews looked for Bernstein for several days, with assistance from drone pilots.

Bernstein’s body was found Tuesday in brush surrounding the park. Authorities said they were investigating the death as a homicide.

Bernstein’s death rocked the tight-knit community 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Hundreds held a candlelight vigil to remember him.

It is the only homicide reported in Lake Forest in at least four years, according to authorities.

Bernstein attended the Orange County High School of the Arts for creative writing. He was recently chosen to edit a culinary magazine at the university.

WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON: 

>>MORE STORIES

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s