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Hollywood Hills Body Parts Case: Did Victim's Lover Do It?

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The murder of Hervey Medellin, the man whose severed head and other body parts were found by dog walkers in January in the Hollywood Hills, remains unsolved. With various theories of "whodunit" cropping up from speculation Medellin was the victim of Canadian "Cannibal Killer" Luka Magnotta to the possibility it was the result of his affiliation with a drug cartel, authorities have yet to name a suspect in the grisly killing.

Details of a search warrant affidavit, however, point to Medellin's live-in boyfriend, Gabriel Campos-Martinez, according to The Daily Beast: “During the course of the interview, Campos-Martinez provided inconsistent and suspicious statements,” according to the document.

Additionally, the document reportedly reveals that Campos-Martinez failed a polygraph test, with his responses indicating he "was being deceitful of dismembering the victim’s body and having knowledge of the victim’s murder."

Evidence gathered and studied by detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department showed that Campos-Martinez was looking in to not only moving out, but also buying a new vehicle, as well as selling items belonging to Medellin. The apartment the two shared was examined by police after the body parts were found, and several items were seized as evidence.

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Campos-Martinez has since relocated to Texas.

Police also took a look at the possibility Campos-Martinez's volatile ex-lover as a suspect.

Still, nearly eight months after Medellin's head was found by hikers, police are still looking for a suspect, a motive, and a crime scene.

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the bizarre and yet-unsolved case.