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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Grisly body parts mystery rocks Hollywood

It's the perfect secluded hiking spot for those in the know in LA, celebrities trying to keep clear of the paparazzi and others seeking a close-up view of the Hollywood sign or sweeping panoramas of downtown.

This week, someone apparently thought Bronson Canyon, a twisting, tiny warren of narrow streets, could also be the perfect place to hide a dismembered body.

A head. Feet. And hands.

Whoever it was that left the gruesome scene may be long gone now. That's one mystery, in a town that thrives on them and often rings up millions of dollars making up tales filled with gory scenes just like the one discovered last Tuesday.







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The other, more pressing mystery: Who do the body parts belong to?

So far, police believe the unidentified man is between 40 and 60 years old.

They also believe the body, found by a dog walker who let one of her animals off the leash, had been there for only a few days. They note that the coyotes that roam rugged Bronson Canyon Park in packs at night - their howls are the only sounds people hear after dusk -- would have destroyed the remains if they had been there longer than a few days.

"If it had not been for the dog walker, we might never have found it," said police chief Andrew Smith at the park.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, meanwhile, was attempting to identify the remains while police are still searching for a motive, reviewing hundreds of theories provided by both detectives and residents.

They don't believe a serial killer was involved.

"We have no indication there is a serial murderer running around," Commander Smith said.

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