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Second Severed Hand Found in Hollywood Hills, Prints May Help Determine Victim's Identity

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A second severed human hand was found this afternoon by authorities combing the hiking trails and surrounding terrain in the Hollywood Hills near where a human head was discovered Tuesday afternoon.

The first hand was found this morning by cadaver dogs, said Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter, reports City News Service. Winter was not sure, however, if either or both hands were found inside bags, as was the head.

The head was found by two women walking nine dogs in the area south of the Hollywood sign Tuesday afternoon. Two of the dogs had found the bag and were playing with the object inside, which was soon determined to be a human head.

The identity of the victim has not yet been established, though Winter says prints taken from the hands may provide clues. The coroner's office has all of the found body parts in their possession for examination, and were planning to use dental records to help establish the identity of the head. It is not known if the hands belong to the same person as the head.

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The investigation is considered a homicide, and the search for remains is ongoing.

I don't know if there are more pieces strewn around or not,'' noted Winter.