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Suspect arrested in killing of 19-year-old male

by: Carrie Braun PIM
Posted: January 15, 2018

SANTA ANA...The body of a 19-year-old man found in Borrego Park by Orange

County Sheriff’s investigators has been identified as missing person Blaze Bernstein.

Bernstein was last seen at about 11 p.m. on Jan. 2, and was reported missing by his family to Sheriff’s Department investigators on Jan. 3.

Blaze Bernstein


Approximately 25 members of the Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team surveyed the park and adjacent wilderness area Whiting Ranch on Friday Jan. 5, Saturday, Jan. 6, and Sunday, Jan. 7, as investigators actively worked the case.

On Tuesday afternoon January 9, 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.

This case is now being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy will be performed today. No additional information regarding the cause of death or the condition of the body will be released at this time.

Samuel Woodward


Police have arrested a suspect in the murder. He is Samuel Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS. Photos:OCSD

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