Friend of U Penn student arrested in murder case

Samuel Woodward is taken into custody in connection with the Blaze Bernstein homicide investigation on Jan. 12 2018

Samuel Woodward is taken into custody in connection with the Blaze Bernstein homicide investigation on Jan. 12 2018

Woodward apparently told police he drove Bernstein to the park but did not get out of the auto with him and left when he didn't return.

Investigators said Woodward's story had inconsistencies, which prompted authorities to consider him a person of interest. Woodward said he and Bernstein spoke on Snapchat that night of January 2 and made plans to pick him up. Bernstein's body was found Tuesday in the brush along the perimeter of Lake Forest's Borrego Park after he had been missing for a week.

"We Do Believe Mr". An affidavit described detectives' interview with that friend who drove Berstein to the park the last time he was seen alive. Group members were also raising money to plant trees and buy a bench in Bernstein's honor at the park.

DNA evidence connected Woodward to Bernstein's death, said Undersheriff Don Barnes. Woodward left and then returned at 4 a.m.to search again but didn't find Bernstein, investigators said.

The pair knew each other from high school, according to multiple reports. Bernstein's father said he found these notes and sent them to the executive director, Wharton sophomore Rachel Prokupek, to use this coming year. His wallet, credit cards, glasses and cash were all found in his room. "With his death, a handsome life has been extinguished".

"We will continue to search for justice for Blaze and his family", Annee Della Donna, an attorney for the Bernstein family, said at the press conference, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian. Several celebrities, including Big Bang Theory actress and Lakers legends and, posted about the case as Bernstein's whereabouts were still unknown to the public. "Revenge is empty. It will never bring back my son". It will never bring back my son. "My only hopes are that he will never have the opportunity to hurt anyone else again and that something meaningful can come from the senseless act of Blaze's murder", her statement said, in part. He said he waited about an hour and tried to contact Bernstein on Snapchat. According to the document, Woodward said Bernstein seemed depressed, but didn't say he wanted to hurt himself.

Bernstein went missing just five days before he was planning on returning to Penn for the start of his second semester. He said the scratches and abrasions were from a "fight club" that he was involved in. They also saw dirt under his nails.

Detectives noticed he was nervous during the interview and was "breathing heavy, talking fast and visibly shaking". At one point, he pulled his jacket over his hands to prevent his fingers from touching doors. Inside the vehicle, officers found camping equipment, a black belt, and a large plastic bin inside. The detectives interviewed the friend a couple of times and say his story remained consistent.

A search warrant affidavit, obtained by the Orange County Register, said that Woodward had scratches and abrasions on his hands and dirty fingernails, and that he said he could not recall the last name or address of a girlfriend he visited after dropping off Bernstein.

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