Investigators had been searching for 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein for days when his body was found in in Borrego Park in the Foothill Ranch area of Lake Forest, according to the Orange County Sheriff.
Bernstein was last seen around 11 p.m. on January 2 while entering a neighborhood park in the Foothill Ranch area of the city of Lake Forest. Bernstein apparently got out of the vehicle about 11 p.m. and went into the park, the sheriff's department said.
Deputies had been scouring Borrego Park and nearby Whiting Ranch Park for days looking for the teen.
His body was found Tuesday around 2 p.m.in brush surrounding the park, officials said. Blaze left the house without telling his parents and went with his friend to the park, located about five minutes away.
Officials confirmed the case is being investigated as a homicide, and an autopsy will be performed Wednesday.
Blaze Bernstein has been missing since Tue., Jan. 2, 2018. "[This case] will continue to be actively a missing person's case investigation until they find something that will lead them otherwise, and up until this point, everything that we have found is still leading us towards a missing person's case". Earlier that night he had texted a friend asking for a ride to the park in order to have the meeting, she said. The friend left and then returned at 4 a.m.to look for Bernstein again.
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.
Eventually, the location device on Bernstein's phone, which he had borrowed from a relative, stopped functioning and the phone was turned off at 11:30 p.m.
"He didn't have anything with him", Della Donna said Friday in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.
"The use of drones to help find Bernstein and other missing people is just one form of new technology law enforcement is using to do their jobs", said former FBI Agent and ABC News contributor Brad Garrett.
'The only thing I can think of is that maybe he was abducted, ' his mother Jeanne said Sunday. He had recently been named to the staff of Penn Appetit magazine at school.
'I feel like we've explored everything that we could in regard to what happened.