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Wed Apr 1, 2015, 08:03 PM

Investigators recover skeleton found in hills above Los Angeles

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Coroner's office investigators on Wednesday recovered skeletal human remains found in the Hollywood Hills above Los Angeles, but said it was too early to tell the age or gender of the body or say how it came to be there.The bones were discovered by hikers on Tuesday afternoon in a wash running through the hills, and crews spent about five hours excavating them on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said.

Harvey said personal effects including a backpack were found near the body but that it had not been identified. A forensic anthropologist would try to determine the gender, he said.

"They do not appear to have been buried; the possibility exists that this person died in the wash and over the years runoff deposited soil on and around the body," Harvey said, adding that investigators had estimated that the person died around two years ago.

"We recovered a fairly complete skeletal set," he said. "There are some things we didn't get, but we got the important stuff - skull, mandible."

The body was found about a mile from the Hollywood Hills home where Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, was found dead on Tuesday afternoon but police have said the two cases are unrelated.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/01/us-usa-skeleton-losangeles-idUSKBN0MS5FJ20150401

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Optical.Catalyst Apr 2015 #1
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jimlup Apr 2015 #3
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Wed Apr 1, 2015, 08:30 PM

1. Is it Jimmy Hoffa?

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Wed Apr 1, 2015, 08:58 PM

3. Is this rare in LA?

It happens were I am from essentially all of the time. Detroit is a different world than LA but so I guess our skeletons don't rank national coverage.

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Response to jimlup (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:17 PM

4. Maybe since this happened in Hollywood?



Or, more precisely, the Hollywood Hills.

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Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:32 PM

5. calling Brenda Leigh Johnson.....

as if the humanness of loss were covered in a TV show....

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