CA - Blaze Bernstein, 19, Lake Forest, Jan 2018 - Media *NO DISCUSSION*

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    VISUALS

    California Advocates for the Missing

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    Help Find Blaze Bernstein Public Group


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    Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. Missing Bulletin
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    Jan 5 - HUFBB

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    Media Links


    Google Docs List of Media Articles - Updated Periodically by HUFBB Facebook Group Admins
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NRYSketjbn7CITGiNeNZwKH1WxHmYKUmfWerD2OV9_Q/edit


    News Media

    5 Jan 2018

    Student, 19, Missing in Lake Forest — Patch.com



    Search underway for missing 19-year-old Lake Forest man - Orange County Register
    Family launches frantic search for Penn college student missing in Orange County - ABC7 (includes video report)
    Vanished! Mysterious disappearance of college student from OC park - MyNewsLA
    Ivy League College Student from OC Vanishes after Going to Meet Friend at Park in Foothills Ranch - KTLA5 (includes video)
    Missing UPenn Student Vanishes While Visiting Parents In OC - CBS-LA
     
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    Map & Photos: Borrego Park & Vicinity

    Map and post courtesy of WS Member SoCalRes

    I posted this on the original thread right before it was closed.

    Hi all, Brand new here. Only found this forum because Blaze is missing from my neighborhood. I haven't read through all sixty some odd pages, but wanted to clarify some stuff I know just from living in Foothill Ranch.

    There are two parks with the name "Borrego" in them. Borrego Overlook park is higher up in the residential area. It is smaller and can only be accessed through the neighborhood. This is NOT where he was last seen. Where he was last reported to be seen is Borrego Park. It sits between the local elementary school and the library. You can access it from the school, library, neighborhood and from the backside. The backside walking trail leads down a rather steep, long path to a shopping center. This trail can not be accessed by cars. The shopping center is adjacent to the entrance to Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.

    To get to Borrego Park by car, you go down a driveway that immediately comes to a "T". To the left is the library parking lot, to the right is a small parking lot for the park. The library DOES have surveillance cameras pointed at the library parking lot (aimed at the book drop in the library parking lot). These cameras may be able to see the driveway that leads to both the library and the park, but it is doubtful (due to the way it is laid out) that they will see anything in the park parking lot or park itself.

    The parking lot for the park sits at one end of the park. The bathroom is right up against the parking lot. It remains unlocked at night. The playground sits right behind the bathroom. In the middle of the park is a large soccer field. Behind the soccer field is the walking trail to shopping center. There are lights by the parking lot and along the path that leads to the walking trail on the backside of the park. The other side of the park (by school) is VERY dark at night, but it is quite a distance from the parking lot (across a soccer field). The park itself is very flat. There are no houses that back to this park. It is doubtful noise from this park could be heard by any of the homes by the park unless it was something very loud like a gunshot. This is a popular park for walking during the day, but is very quiet at night.

    The industrial park (where the Kawasaki building is) sits lower than the park. This area is called FootHILL Ranch for a reason. Lots of slopes and hills.

    Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park sits in a valley between the two neighborhoods in Foothill Ranch. There are a lot of trails in the park and lots of areas that are inaccessible too. I've seen a lot of people call it a "forest" and although it has trees, it has far more brush, cactus, shrubs, etc. The park is home to lots of coyotes, snakes and even mountain lions. Anyone who lives here would not go hiking there at night without some serious protection.

    I hope this clears up some questions about the layout of the park and surrounding area.

    Someone asked if you can see the entrance to Whiting Ranch Park from the parking lot. No, not even close. From the parking lot at the park, you have to walk the length of a soccer field and the width of a basketball court, plus some just to get to the opening to the footpath that leads down the hill. The footpath is paved, fairly steep and has a curve. At the bottom of the footpath, there is a shopping center to the left (coffee place, hair salon, grocery store, gas station, etc.) and a small parking lot and the entrance to Whiting Ranch Park to the right.

    From google maps: red x = Parking lot for park (small building right next to it is bathroom). Yellow line is trail across park, down the hill to entrance to Whiting Ranch. Green circle is entrance to whiting ranch. See next 3 pics
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    Pic below is taken looking toward the shopping center from pink dot on google map. The yellow/orange lights are the footpath. Shopping center to right, Whiting ranch to left (would be other way around if coming down the path)
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    Pic below is looking up footpath from blue dot on google maps. It is fairly steep, not wide, well lit but rarely travelled at night. I can't imagine forcing/dragging/pulling/carrying someone up or down this path.
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    This is looking toward Whiting Ranch from the same blue dot on google map pic. The entrance is right in the middle. It is MUCH darker in that direction.
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    Authorities end search in wilderness area for UPenn student who vanished in California
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-new...upenn-student-who-vanished-california-n835916

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    University of Pennsylvania student still missing after last week's mysterious winter break disappearance in California
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/university...eks-mysterious-winter-break/story?id=52208464

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    Blaze Bernstein's parents using drones to help find missing UPenn student
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/blaze-bern...-find-missing-upenn-student/story?id=52232836

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    College kid left behind his belongings before disappearing
    https://nypost.com/2018/01/08/college-kid-left-behind-his-belongings-before-disappearing/

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    Jewish college student Blaze Bernstein, 19, goes missing in California
    Teen did not take his keys, wallet, credit cards, and eyeglasses with him for late-night meeting with friend in Orange County park
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-college-student-blaze-bernstein-19-goes-missing-in-california/

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    Family and friends use drones in search for missing college student
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-bernstein-search-20180108-story.html

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    Search For Missing OC Teen Ends After 6 Days
    Orange County Sheriff's Department said they will end a search for Blaze Bernstein, an Ivy League student who came home for the holidays.
    https://patch.com/california/lakeforest-ca/search-missing-oc-teen-ends-after-6-days

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    Frantic search underway for missing University of Pennsylvania student
    http://abc7ny.com/frantic-search-underway-for-missing-college-student/2912099/

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    Parents of missing college student speak out
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/parents-missing-college-student-speak-52206775

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    Family launches frantic search for Pennsylvania college student missing in Orange County
    http://abc7.com/family-launches-search-for-pa-college-student-missing-in-oc/2869043/

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    Drone pilots search for clues on why student Blaze Bernstein vanished
    https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/...19-year-old-student-blake-bernstein-vanished/

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    College student remains missing in Orange County as search nears 1-week mark
    http://abc7.com/college-student-remains-missing-in-oc-as-search-nears-1-week-mark/2913586/

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    Ivy-leaguer missing after he left parents’ home to meet friend
    https://www.aol.com/article/news/20...he-left-parents-home-to-meet-friend/23326079/

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    Efforts to find missing College sophomore Blaze Bernstein expand in Orange County, California
    http://www.thedp.com/article/2018/0...upenn-penn-orange-county-student-philadelphia

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    Parents speak out as search goes on for missing college student in California
    https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/pare...on-for-missing-college-student-in-california/

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    Blaze Bernstein: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
    https://heavy.com/news/2018/01/blaze-bernstein-missing-found-facebook-photos-pennsylvania/

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    Jewish college student Blaze Bernstein, 19, goes missing in California
    https://www.jta.org/2018/01/08/news...blaze-bernstein-19-goes-missing-in-california
     
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    Orange County Sheriff's Department News Release: Body in Borego Park ID'd as Missing 19-year-old

    Body found in Borrego Park ID’d as missing 19-year-oldLAKE FOREST, Ca. (Jan. 10, 2018) - The body of a 19-year-old man found in Borrego Park by OrangeCounty 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.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, 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 additionalinformation regarding the cause of death or the condition of the body will be released at this time.

    Sheriff’s investigators are actively following multiple leads, but no suspect is in custody.The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the OrangeCounty Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange CountyCrime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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    Map below courtesy of WS member acd562:



    Here's a map I annotated of Borego Park and its surroundings.

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    Document reveals insight on investigation into Blaze Bernstein’s death
    https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/...ego-park-case-being-investigated-as-homicide/

    "According to the affidavit:

    The friend, who attended Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana with Bernstein, told detectives that he spoke with him on SnapChat that night. He agreed to pick up Bernstein and they drove to the parking lot of a Hobby Lobby in Lake Forest to “hang out” and “catch up.”

    He said Bernstein then told him they were going to meet up with another friend from high school, and they arrived at the Borrego Park parking area shortly before midnight on Jan. 2, a Tuesday. He said Blaze exited the vehicle and walked by himself into the park.

    The friend said he waited for about an hour and tried to contact him on SnapChat. He said he then left at around 1 a.m. and drove to his girlfriend’s house in Tustin and then returned to the park at about 3:40 a.m. after Bernstein still had not responded. During one interview, the affidavit says, he said he did not know her last name.

    The friend said Bernstein complained about his grades in school and “seemed depressed but never said anything about wanting to hurt himself.”

    On Jan, 4, two days after the teenager disappeared, detectives spoke with the friend again at Borrego Park and noticed that his hands had several small scratches and abrasions. The friend said the scratches and abrasions were from a “fight club” that he was involved in.

    Investigators also noticed what appeared to be “dirt under the fingernails” on both of the friend’s hands. They asked him how his hands got so dirty and the friend said he “fell into a dirt puddle” during the sparring session.

    Detectives noticed that the friend was nervous and was “breathing heavy, talking fast and visibly shaking.”

    At one point, the friend opened the doors to his rental car and allowed two detectives to look inside. The detectives noticed hiking and camping equipment in the rear of the vehicle, a large empty plastic bin on the backseat, and a black belt on the passenger seat floorboard.

    The friend agreed to be further interviewed at the sheriff’s headquarters in Santa Ana, where his story “stayed fairly consistent.” But, the affidavit says, while he had told investigators that he went to his girlfriend’s home after he left Bernstein in the park, he said he could not remember her last name and did not know where she lived.

    “On their way out of Sheriff’s Headquarters, (investigators) noticed every door (the friend) had to touch on the way out of the building he pulled his jacket over his hand to prevent his hand and fingers from touching any part of the doors he touched.”"
     
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    From the above link:

     
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    11 January 2018

    Three Search Warrants Issued in Connection to The Death of Missing OC Teenager
    - NBC4 (includes video report)







     
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    Investigators are testing evidence for DNA in the killing of an Orange County man - LA Times



     
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    Crime lab expedites blood evidence in the Blaze Bernstein case -- OC Register

     
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    High school friend arrested in case of Blaze Bernstein -- OC Register



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    "Perp Walk" Video posted to Greg Lee's (ABC-7) Twitter:

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    Samuel Woodward: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know -- Heavy.com



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    Update: Authorities speak out on the suspect arrested in homicide of Penn student - The DP


    Friend arrested in connection with Blaze Bernstein homicide investigation - KTLA (includes video)





     

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