Body of missing Penn student Blaze Bernstein found in California park

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Bernstein was visiting family while on winter break from the University of Pennsylvania and went missing on the night of January 2 after going to Borrego Park to meet an unknown person, CBS 2 reported.

Authorities would not say how the college sophmore died or whether the friend he was with that night is a suspect but so far no arrests have been made.

Bernstein's parents gave an emotional statement to reporters, thanking the sheriff's department and crying as they embraced.

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Bernstein, a sophomore, was planning to major in psychology and later study medicine, the Orange County Register reported his father Gideon Bernstein saying last week.

The body of Blaze N. Bernstein was discovered during a search effort Tuesday afternoon in some brush surrounding Borrego Park, the Orange County Sheriff's Department confirmed.

Witnesses said Bernstein had met up with a friend and they drove to the park, nearby his parents' home in Foothill Ranch.

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An autopsy was expected to be performed on Wednesday to determine an official cause of death, deputies said. Earlier that night he had texted a friend asking for a ride to the park in order to have the meeting, she said. Dozens of candles were lit and a photo of Bernstein was displayed at the memorial held at Borrego Park. Eventually, the location device on Bernstein's phone stopped functioning and the phone was turned off at 11:30 p.m., Donna said.

On a Facebook group dedicated to finding Bernstein, his mother, Jeanne Pepper, called her son's death "tragic and senseless". "He didn't have his glasses or his medication".

His parents have publicly said that nothing was unusual or out of the ordinary on the night of Bernstein's disappareance. "I don't think he planned on this being a long trip and he just disappeared". "He's a planner. He was intending to come home that night". He was on the staff of UPenn's student run foodie magazine Penn Appetit. "They had a great evening together". He was on the Internet that night buying things.

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No additional information on his case was released by police.

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