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Human Skull and Shoe Found Near Brush Fire

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Investigators are looking into what appears to be a human skull and a shoe found near the fire that broke out Friday in northern L.A. County.California Department of Forestry workers made the discovery yesterday morning as firefighters battled a ravine fire in Gorman that broke out Friday, City News Service reported. It is not yet known if the fire played into things.

The coroner’s office is trying to determine if the skull is indeed human and then the identity of the deceased and how they died, Deputy Amber Smith of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The so-called “Pine Fire” had been 85 percent contained as of last night. The fire has burned more than 100 acres of dry land and threatened two homes.

UPDATE 3/17: The plot thickens. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is now saying that the skeletal remains found in Gorman over the weekend belong to a man who may have been killed as far back as four years earlier, the Associated Press reports. Coroner's officials are still trying to determine the identity of the man.