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Search Called Off For Body Parts in Hollywood Hills, No Arrests Made, But Identity of Victim Established

In the Bronson Canyon area (Photo by Archie Tucker via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Authorities have called off the search for more body parts in the rugged Hollywood Hills terrain where so far a head, two feet, and two hands have been discovered as part of an ongoing homicide investigation. Today, Bronson Canyon Park will be re-opened to the public for the first time since the gruesome discovery of the head in a bag by two women walking several dogs on the hiking trail.

The identity of the victim has been established, however his "name and other information about him are being withheld at the request of law enforcement, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter, according to City News Service. As earlier this morning, at most the authorities have attested the body parts are that of a man in his 40s to 60s, confirms Los Angeles Police Department Officer Gregory Baek.

Authorities have also dismissed a theory the severed body parts were from the same person as a torso discovered this week in Arizona.

Thursday night, rumors swirled in the media that an arrest in the case had been made, however the LAPD quickly squelched those speculations. In an email to the media titled "NO Arrest," the LAPD said: "According to Robbery Homicide Detectives there have been NO arrests made in the homicide investigation involving the discovery of body parts in the Hollywood Hills."

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KFI News, however, reported that detectives on the investigation "searched an apartment building and car in Hollywood Thursday and were questioning a man about the case." They offered further details:

Investigators wearing raid jackets and accompanied by a police photographer were seen entering the lobby of the 3-story apartment building, located close to the LAPD's Hollywood Station, and due south of the park where the human remains were found. A neighbor said a tenant who lives with a pit-bull in a third-floor apartment left with detectives shortly after noon, and an LAPD source familiar with the case said a search warrant had been obtained for the premises.

A detective wearing blue rubber gloves was seen examining the contents of a small red sedan parked in front of the building.

The LAPD have not released additional information about suspects in the homicide investigation.