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LAPD knows identity of severed head, but stays mum on details

January 20, 2012 |  8:35 am

Police search apartment in severed head case

Los Angeles coroner's officials have identified the man whose head, hands and feet were found this week in Bronson Canyon.

They declined to provide additional details about the victim because Los Angeles 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 an apartment complex in the 6200 block of Delongpre Avenue in Hollywood, close to Sunset Boulevard and Vine Streets. 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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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

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