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Body parts case: Victim hiked near trails where severed head found

January 21, 2012 |  8:41 am

The man whose head, hands and feet were found this week along a hiking trail near the Hollywood sign used to hike in Griffith Park.

Authorities have identified the victim as Hervey Medellin, 66, a retired Mexicana Airlines employee.

Medellin lived with another person in a third-floor apartment on DeLongpre Avenue -- not far from the hiking trail where his body parts were found.

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Andrew Hill, who lives on the second floor of the apartment building, told The Times he heard a lot of commotion on the floor above him at about 3 a.m. about three weeks ago. He said he heard furniture moving as well as screaming and yelling. He said he spoke to police detectives Thursday and they asked him when the garbage was taken out.

Medellin's friend Vilma Aguilar told KCBS-TV Channel 2 that Medellin hiked through Griffith Park. During one hike last year, she said, he met a new friend. Medellin's severed head and body parts were found on a hiking trail in the park in Bronson Canyon.

Another friend told The Times that Medellin left the airline some time ago. The friend said she went to his apartment Friday after TV reports of the case Thursday but could not find him. She spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Medellin also once owned a Los Feliz condominium with another person, according to a resident who currently owns the property.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials declined to provide additional details about the victim because  police have placed a security hold on the case, which prohibits them from releasing information.

It was not clear whether the man was first identified through a tip. Coroner's officials said Thursday that they were able to obtain fingerprints from one of the hands.

At least one person was questioned by detectives Thursday. And police were looking to talk to at least one other man, sources close to the investigation said.

On Thursday evening, police served a search warrant in the Delongpre Avenue apartment complex in Hollywood associated with Medellin. They towed a silver Honda from the building about 7 p.m.

No arrests have been made.

Authorities have called off their search for additional body parts and reopened the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park on Friday morning. It had been closed since Tuesday afternoon when a dog discovered the severed head. A massive search by authorities yielded two hands and two feet.

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-- Dalina Castellanos in Hollywood and Richard Winton

Photo: Police served a search warrant in an apartment complex in the 6200 block of Delongpre Avenue in Hollywood on Thursday evening.

Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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