Head Found In Hollywood Hills

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 11:26am

Investigators work to identify recently severed head.

Two dogwalkers made a gruesome discovery on a popular trail in the hills below the famous Hollywood sign Tueday.

The walkers were hiking when two of the dogs began playing with a bag not far off the trail, said LAPD Sgt. Mitzi Fierro.

At some point, a human head came free from the wrapping.

A race and exact age remains unknown, but the "head appears to be rather new,” Fierro said.

She added that there were little signs of decomposition.

These are likely the remains of a man between 40 and 60 years of age, a coroner's spokesman said.

They will be looking into missing person's dental records to try and make a match.

A helicopter was seen circling the area and cadaver dogs were enlisted to help investigators find any other remains.

However, by sundown, the search yielded no results.

The coroner's officer removed the head from the scene Tuesday night.

Detectives will return to the site Wednesday morning.

The investigation is being handled by LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division.

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