Search warrant in 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein’s homicide investigation is served in Newport Beach

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A search warrant has been served in Newport Beach in connection with 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein’s death, which is being investigated as a homicide

The body of the 19-year-old man found in Borrego Park (Lake Forest) by Orange County Sheriff’s investigators has been identified as missing Ivy League student Blaze Bernstein. Bernstein was last seen at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and was reported missing by his family to Sheriff’s Department investigators the following day. 

Sheriff’s investigators are actively investigating the case and early yesterday morning, Jan.10, “a search warrant in relation to the case was served in the city of Newport Beach,” said Carrie Braun, Public Information Manager, OCSD.

The case is now being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy was performed yesterday. No additional information regarding the cause of death or the condition of the body is being released at this time. 

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714.647.7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.TIP.OCCS.