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Severed head investigation: Police will reopen hiking trails

January 20, 2012 |  8:05 am

Police search for remains after head found near Hollywood sign
Police have ended their search for human body parts and were set to reopen Bronson Canyon, the popular hiking area in the Hollywood hills.

Access to the trails was abruptly closed Tuesday afternoon after a golden retriever found the head of a man in some brush.

A massive 2 1/2-day search throughout a 7-acre area turned up two hands and two feet. The rest of the body is still missing. Authorities brought in more than 100 people to scour the area, including 40 police academy cadets, a mounted patrol, a cadaver dog and other officers trained in searching rugged terrain.

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Police had said the victim was in his 40s and appeared to be Armenian. Now they say he could be up to 20 years older and that his race remains undetermined.

Los Angeles police on Thursday served several search warrants in connection with the severed body parts.

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 sources said no arrests have been made.


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Photo: Police have been searching the Bronson Canyon area of the Hollywood Hills after a severed head was found. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times