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$50,000 reward may be offered in Hollywood Hills severed head case

July 31, 2012 |  8:01 am

Severed head crime scene
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on providing a $50,000 reward for information leading to conviction in the murder of a man whose severed head was found in the Hollywood Hills.

The head of Hervey Medellin Coronado, 66, was found Jan. 17 in a plastic bag by dogs being walked in Bronson Canyon Park. The next day, cadaver dogs from the Los Angeles County coroner's office found his hands and feet buried in a shallow grave.

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

Medellin Coronado was a former Mexicana Airlines employee who lived with a roommate in a third-floor apartment on DeLongpre Avenue, not far from where his body parts were found.

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-- Melissa Leu

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Photo: LAPD investigators in Bronson Canyon Park, where a severed head was discovered in January. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.

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