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Skull with bullet hole found in Angeles National Forest

December 25, 2009 | 12:12 pm

A human skull with a bullet hole in it has been found in the Angeles National Forest.

Two hikers came across it Thursday evening on a hillside that had been burned in the Station fire.

Homicide detectives are overseeing the investigation but don't yet know how long the skull was there, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

"Whenever you have something like this discovered in the ground, we don't know how long it's been there," Whitmore said. "It appears to be burned."

On Saturday morning, about a dozen detectives and forensic archeologists will return to the site at the Angeles Forest Highway near Lucas Creek to go over the area and search for more remains, Whitmore said.

The skull is at the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The area where it was found has been secured, he said.

-- Raja Abdulrahim