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Skull Found Near Hollywood Sign Was An Adult Woman's, Anthropologist Says

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The skull was found on a trail that leads to the Hollywood sign (Photo courtesy Sherwin-Williams)
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An anthropologist who examined the human skull found in Griffith Park earlier this month has determined it belonged to an adult woman who died within the last 10 years. A pair of hikers found the skull, currently known simply as Jane Doe number 22, on Brush Canyon Trail in Bronson Canyon—a trail that leads to the Hollywood sign—on the afternoon of March 19. A forensic anthropologist examined the skull and has found it belonged to an adult woman who was older than 20 when she died, and who died sometime between one and 10 years ago, City News Service reports. Investigators continue to work on figuring out exactly who she was and what happened to her.

Body parts have been found in the park before. In late 2011, Gabriel Campos-Martinez murdered his boyfriend, 66-year-old Hervey Coronado Medellin, and scattered his remains around the park. In early 2012, a dog walker found the victim's head and investigators later discovered a hand nearby. Carmpos-Martinez was sentenced to 25 years to life last November.