College student charged with murder of missing UPenn student

Authorities have arrested the friend of a 19-year-old Pennsylvania college student whose body was found buried in an Orange County park.

Posted: Jan. 13, 2018 6:21 PM
Updated: Jan. 13, 2018 8:30 PM

Authorities have arrested the friend of a 19-year-old Pennsylvania college student whose body was found buried in an Orange County park.

Authorities say 20-year-old Samuel Lincoln Woodward of Newport Beach was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of murder.

They say DNA evidence linked Woodward to the crime, but specific details and a cause of death aren't being released.

"We do know that they had a communication to meet up at the park. How well they knew each other in high school we don't know. Why they were there we don't know, it's part of the investigation,” said Don Barnes, an undersheriff.

They say Woodward was the last person to see Blaze Bernstein alive.

The University of Pennsylvania student was visiting his family in Foothill Ranch during winter break when his high school friend Woodward picked him up on January 2 and drove him to several places before winding up at Brago Park.

Bernstein’s body was found Tuesday in a shallow grave at the park in Orange County.

A motive has not been determined.

Charges have not yet been filed.

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