Crime & Justice

Hikers find human skull on Griffith Park trail

File photo: Hikers discovered a partially covered human skull on the Bronson Canyon Trail in Griffith Park on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
File photo: Hikers discovered a partially covered human skull on the Bronson Canyon Trail in Griffith Park on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
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A pair of hikers made a gruesome discovery in Griffith Park on Saturday, according to Los Angeles Police.

LAPD Sgt. Frank Gonzalez said the two were hiking on the Bronson Canyon Trail around 2 p.m. when they found a partially covered human skull. They notified park rangers who in turn called police.

Investigators from the Los Angeles County coroner's office were called to the scene and confirmed that the skull belonged to a human, Gonzalez said. The skull appears to be at least a few years old, Gonzalez said.

LAPD homicide investigators and coroner's investigators were back on the scene Sunday looking for more remains and evidence of a crime scene, Gonzalez said.

"By the time the coroner's investigators got out there and our investigators got down there [on Saturday], there was no light, it was so dark," Gonzalez said. "So the coroner's investigators are going to go back out there [Sunday], look around the area, see if they can find other parts of the body."

Gonzalez said it was too soon to tell if the skull belonged to an adult or child, or if the person was a victim of foul play. Both sides of Bronson Canyon Trail were to be shut down Sunday for the investigation.