Body Parts Found in Hollywood Identified: Coroner

Los Angeles County Coroner's officials have identified the man whose body parts were found near the Hollywood sign, but no details were released

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    Police have now released the name of the man whose head, hands, and feet were found this week in the Hollywood Hills. (Published Monday, Jan 23, 2012)

    Authorities have identified the man whose head, hands and feet were found in the Hollywood Hills, officials said Friday. The victim was identified as 66-year-old retiree Hervey Medellin.

    Medellin was a resident of a Hollywood apartment unit investigators came to with a search warrant and left with evidence from that could all be connected to the severed head found near the Hollywood sign.

    Neighbors Discuss Victim in Hollywood Body Parts Case

    [LA] Neighbors Discuss Victim in Hollywood Body Parts Case
    Neighbors, the day after a search warrant was executed at a Hollywood Hills apartment complex,discuss the death of Hervey Medellin. (Published Friday, Jan 20, 2012)

    Neighbors said Medellin's roommate was questioned by police.

    The apartment complex is just south of the Bronson Canyon Park area where the body parts were found. A Honda Civic was towed from the complex's underground garage.

    LAPD Ends Search for Body Parts in Hollywood Hills

    [LA] LAPD Ends Search for Body Parts in Hollywood Hills
    The police conducted a grid search Thursday hoping to find more clues to the identity of the severed head and other body parts found in the Hollywood Hills on Tuesday. (Published Thursday, Jan 19, 2012)

    Early Thursday, investigators wrapped up their search for body part in the Hollywood Hills where a human head was discovered Tuesday afternoon.

    Hands and feet were found during Wednesday's search along the hiking trail in Bronson Canyon Park, just below the Hollywood sign.

    Search Warrant Served in Connection With Found Body Parts

    [LA] Search Warrant Served in Connection With Found Body Parts
    LAPD zeros in on an apartment in Hollywood. Coming in with a search warrant and leaving with evidence and it could all be connected to the severed head found near the Hollywood sign. There are reports that one person has been questioned about the case. Beverly White has the developing details. (Published Thursday, Jan 19, 2012)

    Los Angeles police brought out a field team on Thursday that included officers, criminalists, search and rescue specialists and even police cadets in one of the largest searches in recent memory.

    But the grid search of the seven-acre park failed to turn up any more remains in the area where the severed head of a middle-aged man was found by a hiker’s dogs.

    The human head was found at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after the hikers' dogs began playing with a plastic bag they found just off the hiking trail.

    Police believe the victim was killed elsewhere and the body parts were buried or hidden to deter identification.

    The body parts may have been disturbed by animals, but initially they were left off trail and not intended to be found police said.

    By early afternoon on Thursday, police concluded that major portions of the remains – the torso, the arms and the legs – were not in the park.

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