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Investigators try to solve mystery involving 2 skulls found in L.A. forest

December 28, 2009 | 11:51 am

Coroner's investigators and a forensic anthropologist today were trying to determine the identities behind two human skulls found last week in the Angeles National Forest.

One of the skulls, found by two hikers Thursday, had a bullet hole, according to authorities. The second human skull, found Saturday by detectives and forensic archaeologists, appeared to show signs of trauma.

Authorities said both skulls had apparently been in the forest before the Station fire, which began in late August.

"We’re trying to figure out who they are, what sex, what race," said Ed Winter of the L.A. County Coroner's Office. He said the office's in-house skeletal recovery team, a consultant for the office who is a forensic anthropologist, and other investigators were working to determine the identities of the two skulls.

"It appears that both of them are homicides, but we're not going to say right now," Winter said.

The human remains were found along Angeles Forest Highway near Lucas Creek.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz