The body of missing University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein has been found in Borrego Park in California. He was last seen alive on January 2, 2018. The case is currently being treated as a homicide.
Blaze Bernstein’s Disappearance
When he left his Lake Forest, California home on January 2, 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein’s parents didn’t expect him to be gone that long. After all, he was just going out with a friend and he had left his wallet, glasses, and ID at home.
The friend drove Bernstein to Borrego Park at approximately 10:30 p.m. There are conflicting stories about what happened next.
According to KTLA, the pair had driven to the park to meet up with a third person. Bernstein vanished after walking farther into the park to find this third person while the driver went to the washroom. The driver left when Bernstein failed to come back.
Bernstein was last heard from when he texted a female friend at approximately 11:00 p.m. Shortly after that, his phone apparently went dead.
His family reported him missing after he failed to show up for a dental appointment on January 3.
The Search and Discovery
Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department undertook a full-scale search of the park. A friend of Bernstein offered the use of a drone during the search.
On January 9, Bernstein’s body was discovered in the brush surrounding the park.
While details are limited, the authorities said the state of the body led them to believe that Bernstein had been murdered.
Are There Suspects?
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department says it has identified several persons of interest in the case, but no suspects are in custody. The friend who drove Bernstein to the park is not considered a suspect.
The authorities added that they do not believe there is an immediate danger to the public.
If you have any information on Blaze Bernstein’s disappearance, you are urged to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000. You can also send an anonymous tip to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.