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Police Haul Away Evidence From Apartment of Decapitated Victim Hervey Medellin, But Keep Mum on Details of Investigation

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Police searched the apartment of Hervey Medellin, whose head was discovered by a dogwalker in the Hollywood Hills this week. They hauled away Medellin's car and other belongings in the hopes of finding clues that will explain who might have done the gory deed.

Medellin lived in an apartment on DeLongpre Avenue in Hollywood not far from Griffith Park where his severed hands, feet and head were found. On Saturday, police seized items from the man's apartment including a car, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police are keeping mum about details, like what they might have seized from the man's apartment or any working theories about the case. Yesterday, police told the Associated Press that they didn't have any suspects in the case but today's report in the Times says that one person was questioned by detectives on Thursday and detectives were speaking to another man. (Unfortunately, that description is vague and doesn't indicate whether these people were being questioned as possible suspects—or just close friends, neighbors or family of Medellin who might shed light on what happened.)

Neighbors and friends have been sharing information about Medellin's background: Medellin was a retired Mexicana airlines employee, who had worked for the airline for 20 years. He has divorced for about 10 years, and he was childless, CBS News reported. He collected art and sold cars. Medellin had recently been on vacation in Tijuana, and some friends told CBS that they were worried that they hadn't heard from him.

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Medellin also lived with a male roommate, who was questioned, NBC reported. A friend of Medellin's Vilma Aguilar told CBS that he met his roommate while on a hike in Griffith Park.

Medellin used to own a condominium with another person in Los Feliz, the Times reports. An anonymous neighbor who lived near him at the Los Feliz condo told CBS Medellin was a good-hearted neighbor. He speculated that someone might have taken advantage of Medellin's sweet nature.

Another neighbor Andrew Hill who lived on the second floor of the building told the Times that he heard a commotion on the floor above him around 3 am three weeks ago, which he told police. The neighbor said he heard yelling, screaming and furniture being moved. He also told police, which day was garbage day (a detail that has been often-repeated through press accounts).

The best Hollywood detail from the story is that Brad Pitt's bodyguard (not Pitt himself, as others reported) was questioned. Pitt and Angelina have a home nearby, so police came to their door during the investigation—along with other neighbors who lived in the area near where the body parts were found, the New York Daily News reported.