Woodward was the last person to be seen with Bernstein before he was found buried in a shallow grave in Borrego Park in his hometown of Orange County on Tuesday.
According to the Orange County Register, the friend said Bernstein had told him they were going to meet up with another friend from high school, and they arrived at the park shortly before midnight on January 2.
While Barnes said that authorities have confirmed that Woodward and Bernstein knew each other from high school, they do not yet know the nature of their relationship.
He said investigators were still trying to determine a motive and would not release details of the crime, which he called a murder. "I can not imagine the grief they must now face".
The suspect and the arrested man had attended the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana at the same time at one point.
News of Woodward's arrest comes two days after Bernstein's identity was confirmed as the body found the day prior.
"Evidence collected ties Mr". Bernstein's father, Gideon Bernstein, had also worked with friends of the family to conduct independent drone operations.
"Finally", Bernstein's mom tweeted.
"Revenge is empty", Bernstein's mother, Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, wrote on Twitter after the arrest was announced. It will never bring back my son. "My only hopes are that he will never have the opportunity to hurt anyone else again and that something meaningful can come from the senseless act of Blaze's murder", her statement said, in part.
Blaze Bernstein on a recent trip to Iceland. Upon arriving at the park, the friend allegedly told investigators that Bernstein left the vehicle and walked off.
Bernstein's body was found at the park Tuesday afternoon. It's believed the two exchanged messages on Snapchat the day of the killing. They met and drove to the Hobby Lobby parking lot in Lake Forest to "hang out" and "catch up", and then went to the park.
He waited for about an hour and tried to Bernstein, the newspaper reported, and he told investigators that he then left the park around 1 a.m., drove to a girlfriend's house before returning to the park at about 3:40 a.m. after Bernstein had not yet responded.
The 16-page warrant filed by a sheriff's investigator and obtained by Bernstein's friend was "breathing heavy, talking fast and visibly shaking".
Investigators also noticed what appeared to be "dirt under the fingernails" on both of the friend's hands, according to the affidavit.
Woodward, according to the affidavit, was unable to provide his girlfriend's last name, phone number or address. While leaving the sheriff's facility during an interview, he covered his hands with clothing before touching the door knobs, the affidavit says.
"With his death a lovely light has been extinguished".
"We will continue to search for justice for Blaze and his family", Annee Della Donna, an attorney for the Bernstein family, said at the press conference, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian.