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Search to resume Wednesday in area where head was found

January 17, 2012 |  8:04 pm

LAPD Sgt. Mitzi Fierro briefs reporters about the head found near the Hollywood sign

Los Angeles police Tuesday night suspended a search near a Hollywood Hills crime scene where two dogs uncovered a human head hidden in a plastic bag.

Investigators were planning to resume searching below the Hollywood sign near Canyon Drive after sunrise Wednesday to determine whether additional human remains were left in the area, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The head was believed to be that of an Armenian male in his 40s with salt-and-pepper hair, law enforcement sources told The Times.

The grisly discovery was made about 2:30 p.m., when two people were walking about nine dogs. Two of the animals started playing with an object in the bag, which turned out to be the head, LAPD Sgt. Mitzi Fierro said.

The head did not appear to have been at the location long, police said, but an exact determination would be made by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Coroner's investigators will also attempt to identify the victim through dental records.

LAPD officers were planning to guard the crime scene overnight.

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— Lawrence K. Ho, Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez

Photo: LAPD Sgt. Mitzi Fierro briefs reporters about the head found near the Hollywood sign. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times

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