Feet Found in L.A. Park, Near Head, Hands

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - January 19, 2012

Los Angeles police looked for more human body parts Wednesday after searchers discovered two hands and two feet in the same area of a park where dog walkers found a severed human head inside a plastic bag.

The first hand was found as dozens of officers and homicide investigators combed the brush along a winding trail in the Hollywood Hills. A coroner's cadaver dog came upon it about 50 yards from where the head was discovered on Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The second hand and both feet were found nearby later Wednesday afternoon. No details were immediately available on the condition of the body parts.

The remains were believed to belong to the same man, but police were working to confirm that through testing.

The man may have been killed elsewhere in recent days and his body dumped in the park, police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. Wild animals in the park may have other body parts, he said.

Authorities said the head came from a man in his 40s, 50s or 60s.

"One of the dogs ran into the brush and came out carrying a plastic grocery bag," Smith said of Tuesday's discovery.

"As the dogs shook the plastic grocery bag the severed human head fell out of the bag and onto the ground," he told KCBS-TV.

The man hasn't been identified. Police were looking at reports of missing persons, and coroner's investigators were to check dental records.

Smith noted that the area is well-traveled by both cars and hikers. A paved road winds around picnic areas and a children's playground before connecting with a trail that eventually winds up near the Hollywood sign.

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  • by Tom Location: TLH on Jan 19, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Like the lion said to the scarecrow: "That's you all over."
  • by Angel Location: Tallahassee on Jan 19, 2012 at 01:24 PM
    I think that is so sad I hope the police find out who the person so their family can have some closer and some peace now and they find out who committed the horrible crime.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 01:19 PM
    The head bone connected to the...oh, wait.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 09:17 AM
    Singing "Head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Knees and toes"..
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