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Coroner Says 2nd Skull from Angeles Nat'l Forest was Woman's

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On Christmas Eve hikers making their way through the Angeles National Forest near mile marker 19.36 of the Angeles Forest Highway found a human skull, and alerted authorities, who then launched an investigation of the area. Searching through terrain recently ravaged by the Station Fire, deputies from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station found a second skull just two days later.The first skull, a male's, was found with a bullet hole, and today the coroner's office confirmed the second skull was that of a female, according to KTLA. The coroner's office asserts "the remains both appeared to belong to homicide victims, but the causes of death have been officially 'deferred,' pending more scientific testing."

Although early study indicate the remains were skeletonized prior to the Station Fire, the case remains an ongoing homicide investigation. Neither set of remains have been identified yet.