A crony of the University of Pennsylvania tyro found dead in a California park seemed shaken while speaking with police, and had “dirt under the fingernails” on both hands, according to a hunt aver affadavit.
Blaze Bernstein’s companion was “breathing heavy, articulate quick and visibly shaking,” according to the affadavit obtained by the Orange County Register.
Bernstein’s physique was found Tuesday in Borrego Park in the Foothill Ranch area of Lake Forest. He was visiting California while on winter break.
He had been last seen on the dusk of Jan. 2 while entering the park. He had met up with a crony and they gathering to the park, and Bernstein got out of the car and went into the park.
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The crony attempted to hit Bernstein on Snapchat when he did not return, according to the Register. The crony pronounced Bernstein “seemed vexed but never pronounced anything about wanting to harm himself,” according to the affadavit obtained by the newspaper.
When authorities spoke with the crony two days after Bernstein disappeared, the companion had scratches on his hand. The crony pronounced they were from a “fight club” that he took partial in, the Register reported.
When asked how he got “dirt under the fingernails,” the crony pronounced he “fell into a mud puddle,” according to the newspaper.
The crony pronounced he went to his girlfriend’s home after leaving the park, but could not remember her last name or her address, the journal reported.
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Investigators also pronounced that the crony seemed unsettled.
“On their way out of Sheriff’s Headquarters, (investigators) beheld every doorway (the friend) had to hold on the way out of the building he pulled his coupler over his palm to forestall his palm and fingers from touching any partial of the doors he touched,” review the affadavit obtained by the Register.
Investigators are treating the 19-year-old college sophomore’s death as a homicide.
In a statement, the Bernstein family pronounced Wednesday that the teen “was brilliant, colorful and charismatic” and “shined a light on all of the lives of the people and communities he touched.”
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“Our family is ravaged by the news,” the matter read. “We – like so many of you around the universe – adore Blaze and wanted zero some-more than his protected return.”
The family has determined the Blaze Bernstein Memorial Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County.
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