New details emerging in the case of Blaze Bernstein, the missing Pennsylvania student who was found dead in California nearly a week ago, revealed that he was stabbed at least 20 times. Woodward was arrested in Bernstein's death on Friday. The pair reportedly attended the same high school.
Bernstein's body was found after rain washed away soil on his grave in the park. His body was discovered in a shallow grave in Borrego Park on January 9, a week after he went missing from the park.
A suspect has been named in the case of University of Pennsylvania sophomore Blaze Bernstein, who went missing during his winter break and was found dead last week.
"We will use wisely the time we have left together", Jeanne and Gideon Bernstein said today in a statement. They were former classmates at the Orange County School of the Arts.
The friend suspected of killing Blaze Bernstein and burying him in a park was arrested Friday after his DNA matched evidence at the crime scene.
Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department, would not confirm to The Associated Press if Bernstein was stabbed but said "the condition of the body at the time it was discovered turned it from a missing person to a homicide immediately".
This Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 booking photo provided by the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20.
New details are emerging about the behavior and habits of Samuel Lincoln Woodward, the 20-year-old student arrested in connection with the death of Blaze Bernstein.
The murder weapon has not been found, according to reports.
Mr Woodward told investigators he became enraged after Bernstein, 19, kissed him, the paper reports. It was the only homicide reported in Lake Forest in at least the past four years, authorities said.
Bernstein's parents reported their son missing on January 3, the day after he was last seen entering Borrego Park in Lake Forest.
He told investigators that he returned to the park to look for Bernstein hours later. He waited for Bernstein to return for about an hour and tried to get in touch with him via SnapChat but Bernstein did not answer him. He allegedly could not remember the last name of the girlfriend he said he had left to see late that night.
Barnes said investigators found inconsistencies in what Woodward told authorities. The affidavit states that in June, Bernstein told two female friends Woodward was about to "hit on me", but he had to promise not to tell anyone.
"You are violence. It scares me", one user wrote, to which Woodward replied, "I wouldn't fight anybody unless they attacked me".
Samuel Woodward [Photo: Police Handout]On Jan. 2, Woodward reportedly met Blaze in the parking lot at the Foothills Chase Hobby Lobby, where Blaze allegedly kissed him on the lips as they sat in Woodward's vehicle.
Woodward reportedly was known for holding conservative beliefs during his high school years.