LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith, center, prepares to speak to media in front of the Bronson Canyon Park entrance as detectives search the neighborhood below the Hollywood sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail.
Police have now found a hand not far from the fairly fresh severed head discovered by a hiker on a Hollywood trail on Tuesday. The hand, which unlike the head was not bagged, was found about 50 yards from the head.
"The hand is still where they found it, they're taking pictures of it, and they'll take it down to the coroner's office," said Cmdr. Andy Smith.
The L.A. Times reported this morning that police sources said the head was from an Armenian male in his 40s, but Smith said, "As we've taken a look at that, we're saying undetermined now. It could be European or Armenian, but they're saying undetermined." The age estimate has also shifted to between 40 and 60.
Police are combing missing persons reports, among other things, throughout the county to try to identify the person the head and the hand belongs to.
Anaheim Police Department photo of Itzcoatl Ocampo. The former Marine is accused of killing four homeless men in Orange County.
Itzcoatl Ocampo, the 23-year-old former Marine accused in the brutal serial killing of four homeless men in Orange County, appeared in a cell on Tuesday at a Santa Ana arraignment that lasted less than five minutes before being postponed.
Ocampo's lawyer asked for a continuance, saying he was given only 15 seconds to speak with his client through a food slot, and did not have enough information to enter a plea. Jail officials also had not conducted a psychological evaluation on Ocampo, reports KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.
"He was curled up in a ball under a blanket in underwear, no shirt, no pants," Longwith said. "He looked like a wet cat — a scared, wet cat. It wasn't much conversation," said Ocampo's lawyer of his brief visit on Tuesday, reports the L.A. Times.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Ruckauckas called Ocampo a "thrill kill" case — a person who kills "to see what it’s like to make those kills and he gets a thrill out of it." He expects Ocampo to plead insanity.
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Ready, drain, fire.
Though it was unclear how long the firearms had been underwater, there was speculation the rifle might be a World War II-era weapon.
Like a La Brea tar pit of ill-fame, the lake funk was hiding such wannabe fossils as pay telephones, toys, shopping carts, hubcabs, traffic cones, hundreds of glass bottles, and a toilet.
$65 million is being spent to clean Echo Park Lake, and a wetland around the island is also being developed as part of the rehabilitation effort.
The water quality improvement project is on track to be finished in May 2013, said officials at Tuesday's meeting.
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The famous Hollywood sign
A story that began the way any one of a dozen procedural TV dramas could continues today as LAPD search for body parts that might belong to the head a hiker found on a Hollywood trail Tuesday afternoon.
Police suspended the search when darkness fell Tuesday night. The head was discovered by a hiker who became curious about a plastic bag two of the dogs she was walking began playing with. The head was in the bag.
This morning the L.A. Times reports police sources told it that "the head was believed to be that of an Armenian male in his 40s with salt-and-pepper hair."
Police said it did not appear the head had been there long, and LAist notes that several news reports described the head as "relatively fresh."
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The Costa Concordia cruiseship lies on January 15, 2012 in the harbor of the Tuscan island of Giglio after it ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks on January 13.
The sinking of Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia last weekend has ripples in Southern California for a Downey family that survived the deadly five and a half hour ordeal.
Georgia Ananias spoke to KPCC's Hettie Lynne Hurtes on Tuesday, recounting the pandemonium experienced off the island of Giglio.
Ananias, a seasoned cruiser with over 75 voyages to her credit, detailed the screaming, crying, and bodies flying as it became clear that the boat's trouble was not the electrical problem the cruise personnel initially claimed.
Language barriers, misinformation and a lack of direction led to a chaotic shift into survival mode. "Four times we almost died," said Ananias, who got emotional as she told how her family starting saying their final goodbyes.
"The only way anyone survived was to stick together," the woman continued, remembering a painful moment of fighting gravity while gripping a staircase with one hand and holding a stranger's baby with the other.