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Hollywood search resumes after severed head, feet, hands found

January 19, 2012 |  7:29 am


The search for human body parts near the Hollywood sign was expected to continue Thursday morning after the grisly discovery of two human feet, two hands and a head.

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.

Authorities said they have not identified the victim, whom they described as a man in his 40s. They were optimistic that the hands were in good enough condition to obtain fingerprints.

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Police said the victim probably had been dead for a day or two and that most likely he was killed somewhere else.

More than 30 Los Angeles Police Department detectives fanned out across seven acres of rugged parkland Wednesday. A "cadaver dog" from the Los Angeles County coroner's office found the hands in brush not far from where the head was discovered.

Then, as officials were about to leave for the day, the feet were found.

Without many answers, local residents were left to speculate. Some said the body parts must have been deposited in the park sometime between Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

Otherwise, they said, hikers and their dogs would have found the head earlier. Others doubted the rest of the body would be found in the park.


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-- Alan Zarembo