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Severed feet found in shallow grave in Hollywood Hills

January 19, 2012 |  8:56 am

Feet discovered in shallow grave

Los Angeles police detectives searching for body parts in the Hollywood Hills said that two feet recovered Wednesday afternoon had been buried in a shallow grave.

The grave was discovered near where a severed head and two hands were found, raising the possibility that the body parts were buried together but later scattered by wild animals, sources familiar with the investigation said.

Although authorities believe the head, hands and feet all belong to the same person, police said they will not know for sure until further forensic testing. The victim is believed to be a man in his 40s of European descent, with salt-and-pepper hair.

PHOTOS: Body parts found below Hollywood sign

Dozens of cadets, detectives, and officers trained in searching rugged terrain are back out at Bronson Canyon Park near the Hollywood sign.

The search began Tuesday afternoon when dog walkers discovered the head in Bronson Canyon 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 hand was in good enough condition that they would be able to obtain fingerprints, which could help identify the victim.

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Photo: Los Angeles Police detectives work a crime scene off Canyon Drive Wednesday after a human head, two hands and two feet were discovered. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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