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Body parts case: Victim may be former Mexicana Airlines worker

January 20, 2012 |  5:57 pm

Police search apartment in severed head case

The man whose head, hands and feet were found this week in Bronson Canyon is a former Mexicana Airlines employee who had lived in the area for some time, according to sources.

Law enforcement identified him as Hervey Medellin. Records show he was 66 years old.

A friend told The Times that Medellin left the airline some time ago. The friend said she went to his apartment Friday after seeing it on television Thursday in connection with the case but could not find him. She spoke on the condition of anonymity, as did the law enforcement sources.

Medellin also once owned a Los Feliz condominium with another person, according to a resident who currently owns the property.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials declined to provide additional details about the victim because  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 on Delongpre Avenue in Hollywood, close to Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. The address is associated with Medellin. 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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--Richard Winton, Andrew Blankstein and Hailey Branson-Potts

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