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Hollywood dog walker thought severed head was a movie prop

January 19, 2012 | 12:39 pm
Mounted LAPD officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park

This post has been amended. Please see note below.

The days-long search for human body parts near the Hollywood sign began with a golden retriever.

On Tuesday, the retriever strayed from a pack of nine dogs being taken for a walk through Bronson Canyon Park and was snooping around a nearby bush. "He was going crazy," his walker, Lauren Kornberg, told KPCC. "He was digging, digging, digging, barking."

Kornberg said the dog was notorious for dragging back a dead rat or a bird in his mouth. But this time, he brought back a shredded plastic bag. He dropped it and it rolled 30 feet down a hill, she told the radio station. She said it looked like a real head but she convinced herself it was just a realistic Hollywood prop.

PHOTOS: Body parts found below Hollywood sign

But Kornberg's mother, who was with her on the walk, convinced her to call authorities.

"Even as we got closer, we still couldn't say for sure whether it was ... real, until my mom was literally about a foot away, face to face, and could see bloody hair and eyeballs, and gasped and said, 'It's real, oh my God, it's real,' " she told KPCC.

LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said the search of the area for additional body parts would probably be wrapped up by Thursday afternoon.

[Corrected at 2:45 p.m., Jan. 19: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the golden retriever as a dog named Indiana Bones. Indiana Bones is a coroner's department cadaver dog and it found a severed hand.]


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Photo: Mounted LAPD officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park. Credit: Jason Redmond / Associated Press