LOS ANGELES -- Investigators planned to search the brush Wednesday near a popular Hollywood hiking trail where a human head in a plastic bag was found by dog walkers.
Police and Los Angeles County coroner's investigators arrived Wednesday morning to search for body parts and clues near the trail in Bronson Canyon, a section of Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign, police spokesman Richard French said.
There was no immediate word on the cause of death.
Two people walking nine dogs called police Wednesday afternoon after two dogs ran into the brush and began playing with and shaking a plastic bag, police said.
The bag contained the fairly fresh head of a man in his late 40s of early 50s, police Cmdr. Andy Smith told KNX-AM radio.
Coroner's investigators will attempt to identify the person through dental records.
Located in the middle of metropolitan Los Angeles, Bronson Canyon is an urban wilderness area popular with tourists and locals, especially dog owners. It includes picnic areas, a small playground and a winding, rising trail. A second trail leads to a short tunnel known locally as the Batcave because it was used for a scene in the 1960s "Batman" series. It also is frequently used for filming TV and movie productions.