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Dog Walker Who Found Severed Head Says She Did Not Pose With It, But Hikers Who Called 9-1-1 Might Have

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This week reports surfaced that someone had posed in a photo with the human head found in the Hollywood Hills this week.The website Gawker reported that it got an offer from a Hollywood photo agency to publish a picture of someone smiling with the head. But professional dog walker Lauren Kornberg told Gawker that although she and her mother discovered the human head in Bronson Canyon, neither of them snapped any photos of the head—neither even had a camera or cell phone. Kornberg has her suspicions about who might have snapped a photo, though. Because she didn't have a cell phone, she had to enlist the help of two hikers—a man and a woman—to call 9-1-1.

"I believe they snapped the photo," Kornberg told Gawker. "I thought I saw him snap a few pictures. And I said, 'Did you take photos?' and he said 'I tried,' but that it didn't work or something. Right after they did that, they were like, 'OK bye.' I think they have taken a shot and left."

Kornberg didn't get the couple's names, but they told her they were recent transplants from Wisconsin. "At the time I felt sorry for them, to come to Hollywood and have this happen." She doesn't feel bad for them anymore, if the photo agency's claims are true. (So far we haven't seen the photo surface.) The unnamed Hollywood photo agency peddling the photo declined to respond to Gawker's follow-up questions about who was in the photo.