Missing college student identified as body found in Southern California park


LAKE FOREST – The body of 19-year-old college student Blaze Bernstein has been found, investigators announced Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Bernstein’s body was found in Borrego Park and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

“On Tuesday afternoon, at approximately 2 p.m., a search of the Foothill Ranch park was initiated by sheriff’s investigators. Bernstein’s body was discovered in the brush surrounding the park,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun said in a statement.

“An autopsy will be performed today,” Braun said in a statement.

No other information was released about the case.

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and Hollywood actors Jeremy Piven and Mayim Bialik are among those who posted on Facebook and Twitter to help in the hunt for the missing college student.

News reports and a large social-media effort helped turn the mystery of his disappearance into a national story. Fans asked celebrities for help, and some complied.

Also posting were retired basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and “The Real Housewives of Orange County” cast members Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge.

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Bernstein had been on winter break from the University of Pennsylvania and visiting family.

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 he sent a text message so a high school friend could pick him up from his home and take him to the park to meet the third person, said Annee Della Donna, an attorney and family friend.

After the pair arrived at the park about 10:30 p.m., Bernstein went off alone into the park, she said.

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His friend began sending text messages to him when he didn’t return, but didn’t hear back, Della Donna said. The friend left but returned to the park around 4 a.m. to look for him.

Bernstein’s phone had stopped functioning and was turned off around 11:30 p.m., Della Donna said.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department personnel had thoroughly combed the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park area for days.

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