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Severed head: no arrests made in Hollywood body parts case, LAPD says

January 19, 2012 |  8:19 pm

LAPD officers gather near site where body parts were found by the Hollywood sign
Los Angeles police said Thursday night that there had been no arrests made in connection with the body parts discovered near the Hollywood sign

The remarks were contained in a statement sent to the media by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Detectives were flooded with calls after CBS Los Angeles reported that an arrest had been made. The station later said that someone was questioned in connection with the case.

Earlier Thursday, police served several search warrants  in connection with the severed body parts discovered over the last few days near the Hollywood sign.

LAPD sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said the investigation was progressing but declined to provide further details.

The search began Tuesday afternoon, when dog walkers discovered a severed head in the park after they noticed their dogs playing with a plastic bag and went to inspect it. The head was inside.

On Wednesday, with the help of specially trained cadaver dogs, police found two hands and two feet.

Authorities believe the victim was killed within a day or two of the discovery of the head. They believed the hands were in good enough condition and were attempting to obtain fingerprints to identify the victim.

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--Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

Photo: LAPD officers gather near the area where body parts were found by the Hollywood sign. Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times.

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