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Second human skull found in Angeles National Forest

December 26, 2009 |  2:27 pm

A second human skull has been discovered in the Angeles National Forest by detectives and forensic archaeologists who were searching an area where two hikers found a skull that contained a bullet hole on Thursday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said today.

The second skull was found at about 10:30 this morning near where the first was found, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. He said it was not known whether there was any connection between the two skulls. The cause of death was also not immediately known, but the skull appeared to show signs of "trauma," Whitmore said.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office will determine the age, gender and the official cause of death of the person, he added. Investigators said they had not yet ruled it a homicide.

"It's still being considered as a suspicious circumstance surrounding the discovery of human remains," Whitmore said.

Detectives and forensic archaeologists had returned to the site along Angeles Forest Highway near Lucas Creek about 7:30 this morning. Whitmore said both skulls appeared to have been in the forest since before the Station fire, which began in late August.

-- Ruben Vives

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