More body parts found near Hollywood sign

Jan 19 2012 - 10:24am

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Two women hike in Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs on a nearby trail off Canyon Drive in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have since discovered a human hand. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
Los Angeles Police detectives work a crime scene in Griffith Park off Canyon Drive after a human head was discovered off a nearby trail Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)
Mounted Los Angeles Police officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park after a human head was discovered Tuesday by two people walking their dogs below the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have also two severed hands. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith, left, talks to Los Angeles Coroner Detective Rene Grand Pre in Griffith Park on Canyon Drive near the scene where a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, pool)
Residents walk their dogs along Canyon Drive as Los Angeles Police detectives, center, investigate the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
Two women hike in Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs on a nearby trail off Canyon Drive in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have since discovered a human hand. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
Los Angeles Police detectives work a crime scene in Griffith Park off Canyon Drive after a human head was discovered off a nearby trail Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)
Mounted Los Angeles Police officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park after a human head was discovered Tuesday by two people walking their dogs below the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have also two severed hands. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith, left, talks to Los Angeles Coroner Detective Rene Grand Pre in Griffith Park on Canyon Drive near the scene where a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, pool)
Residents walk their dogs along Canyon Drive as Los Angeles Police detectives, center, investigate the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

LOS ANGELES -- As the sun set over the Hollywood Hills park where police spent Wednesday searching for human body parts, they still didn't have a name to go with the man's head discovered there a day earlier.

What they did have were two hands and two feet. Authorities were optimistic that the hands were in good enough condition to obtain fingerprints.

The homicide investigation began Tuesday afternoon after two dog walkers in Bronson Canyon Park noticed their dogs playing with a plastic bag and went to inspect it.

Inside was a man's head. His hair was graying. Police said he appeared to be in his 40s, possibly of Armenian descent, and that he probably had been dead for a day or two.

The discovery launched a massive search. More than 30 Los Angeles Police Department detectives and additional officers on horseback fanned out across seven acres of rugged parkland Wednesday.

A "cadaver dog" from the Los Angeles County coroner's office found one hand, and later the other, in brush not far from where the head was discovered.

Unlike the head, they were not in bags.

Then, as officials were about to leave for the day, the feet were found.

Detectives believe that the killing happened elsewhere and that the body -- or at least some of the parts -- were dumped in the park.

"We're hoping we can find more remains," said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, adding that wild animals may have moved some of the body parts.

Without many answers, local residents were left to speculate. Some said that the body parts must have been deposited in the park after Tuesday morning.

At least 10 people walk their dogs each morning over the same terrain where the head was left, said Liam Lefevour. One of those dogs -- maybe Tiger, his own 4-year-old greyhound and pitbull mix -- would have found the head, he said.

Lefevour said he the whole situation was "freaky."

Others seemed to relish playing armchair detective. Most of their crime knowledge comes from movies and television.

"It's a real-life 'Sopranos' situation," Ann Marie Spinelli said as she hiked a nearby ridge.

Spinelli, her sister and mother hypothesized that the killer was trying to make it impossible to identify the victim.

"We're assuming the body would be far away," said the sister, Karen Madigan. "There's no other reason to cut off the head."

The search was expected to continue Thursday morning.

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