Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old Jewish student at the University of Pennsylvania who went missing from his parents' home in Southern California, has been found dead, multiple sources have confirmed.
Blaze’s body was found in brush surrounding Borrego Park in Lake Forest, his hometown on Tuesday, according to CBS News. His death is being investigated as a homicide and an autopsy was being performed on Wednesday.
Blaze had left his parents’ home in Orange County a few days ago to visit a friend at the park.
Blaze Bernstein, A Missing Jewish College Student, Has Found Dead
An attorney, as well as friend of the family, told CBS Los Angeles that the two arrived at the park around 10:30 p.m., and Blaze went off alone to meet another unnamed person.
According to the family friend, the driver said Blaze didn’t return text messages and the driver returned hours later to search for Blaze.
The boy did not take his keys, wallet, credit cards and eyeglasses when he left his parents’ house to meet the friend, and reportedly didn't say goodbye, his father told the Los Angeles Times.