Investigators Test Evidence for DNA in Killing of Blaze Bernstein

Detectives investigating the killing of a 19-year-old Ivy League student whose body was found in an Orange County park are running forensic evidence gathered at the scene for DNA to help identify a potential suspect, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Bernstein is shown in an undated photo. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A flyer posted by the Orange County Sheriff Department asking for help finding Blaze Bernstein is shown in an undated photo. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A search warrant affidavit in connection with the the investigation of Blaze Bernstein’s homicide has also raised questions about the account of a friend who was the last person to see the University of Pennsylvania student.

The friend told detectives he dropped off Bernstein in a Foothill Ranch park shortly before midnight Jan. 2. The warrant, obtained by the Orange County Register, said that the friend had scratches and abrasions on his hands and dirty fingernails and that he said he could not recall the last name or address of a girlfriend he visited after dropping off Bernstein.

When asked about the abrasions by detectives, the young man said that they were from a “fight club” he participated in and that his fingernails were dirty because he fell into a “dirt puddle” during sparring.

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