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No arrests, but lots of leads in Hollywood body parts case

Human Head Found

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Mounted Los Angeles Police officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park after a human head was discovered Tuesday by two people walking their dogs below the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles.

Last night at least one local media outlet — CBS LA — reported that according to its sources, LAPD had made an arrest in the Hollywood body parts case. They've since walked that back, and the L.A. Times, and now the LAPD themselves, have said no arrests have taken place. 

The Times continue to report, and the LAPD have neither denied nor confirmed, that search warrants have been served in the case. But few details have leaked, except these details CBS and KFI have reported. LAPD says its detectives are plowing through dozens of leads.

In other body parts news, KPCC's Tami Abdollah has this in-depth piece on Indiana Bones, the cadaver dog who found some of the parts, and her handler. 

Also, the park where two hikers found the original head has re-opened. LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith tells AP police scoured seven acres of Bronson Canyon for body parts but found nothing more. Smith says it's believed the victim's torso was not dumped in the park and no other remains are there.

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Human feet found in Hollywood Hills near severed head, hands

Human Head Found

Jason Redmond/AP

Mounted Los Angeles Police officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park after a human head was discovered Tuesday by two people walking their dogs below the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have also located two severed feet.

The body part tally in the Hollywood Hills continues to climb with the discovery of two severed feet near a hiking trail in Bronson Canyon Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Two severed hands were found by Los Angeles Police Department investigators earlier on Wednesday following the discovery of a severed head in a bag by two dogs on Tuesday.

Officials have not identified the victim, but believe he may have been of Armenian descent. 

The cause of death has not been determined, but police do not believe the man died at the location where the body parts have been found. 

The death is thought to be recent given the lack of decomposition.

 

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Human head found near Hollywood sign hiking trail

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A human head was found inside a bag on a hiking trail below the Hollywood sign on Tuesday afternoon, reports the L.A. Times. Los Angeles police detectives are said to be looking for additional body parts in the area.

According to a LAPD spokesperson, the human remains were found by a park ranger near the 3200 block of Canyon Drive around 3:45 p.m.

Authorities investigating Bronson Canyon Park are treating the case as a possible homicide.

UPDATE 5:51 p.m. LAPD confirmed with KPCC by phone that a "bodiless head" was discovered in a plastic bag by an individual walking a dog. The dog reportedly uncovered the bag while rooting around in a bush. The investigation is in the early stages. No additional information was given. 

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