Body parts found in Calif. identified

LOS ANGELES - Coroner’s officials identified the man whose dismembered head, hands, and feet were found in a Hollywood park, but they are not releasing his name as police continue to hunt for his killer, authorities said yesterday.

The identity, age, and hometown of the victim were withheld because his next of kin had not been notified, and because police investigators had placed a “security hold’’ on the information, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said.

The head was found Tuesday by a dog walker at Bronson Canyon, and police searchers turned up the man’s hands and feet during a two-day search that ended Thursday. The park reopened yesterday.


Police concluded that no other body parts had been dumped in the wilderness park a few miles from the Hollywood sign, but visitors who find anything should contact police, police Commander Andrew Smith said.

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Dozens of police searched 7 acres of brush in the park for two days after Tuesday’s discovery of a man’s head in a plastic grocery bag. Two hands and feet believed to be from the same victim were found on Wednesday and Thursday before authorities concluded the ground search.

The man is believed to have been killed elsewhere, police have said. Coroner’s officials are trying to identify the man through fingerprints, dental records, and DNA databases, police said.