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More Body Parts Found Near Hollywood Sign Where Severed Head Was Discovered

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ROBERT JABLON   01/18/12 09:13 PM ET   AP

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police looked for more human body parts Wednesday after searchers discovered two hands and two feet in the same area of a park where dog walkers found a severed human head inside a plastic bag.

The first hand was found as dozens of officers and homicide investigators combed the brush along a winding trail in the Hollywood Hills. A coroner's cadaver dog came upon it about 50 yards from where the head was discovered on Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times () reported. http://lat.ms/xWFSjT

The second hand and both feet were found nearby later Wednesday afternoon. No details were immediately available on the condition of the body parts.

The remains were believed to belong to the same man, but police were working to confirm that through testing.

The man may have been killed elsewhere in recent days and his body dumped in the park, police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. Wild animals in the park may have other body parts, he said.

Authorities said the head came from a man in his 40s, 50s or 60s.

"One of the dogs ran into the brush and came out carrying a plastic grocery bag," Smith said of Tuesday's discovery.

"As the dogs shook the plastic grocery bag the severed human head fell out of the bag and onto the ground," he told KCBS-TV (). http://cbsloc.al/wnadpt

The man hasn't been identified. Police were looking at reports of missing persons, and coroner's investigators were to check dental records.

Smith noted that the area is well-traveled by both cars and hikers. A paved road winds around picnic areas and a children's playground before connecting with a trail that eventually winds up near the Hollywood sign.

A second trail leads to a short tunnel known locally as the Batcave because it was used for a scene in the 1960s "Batman" series. It has also been used for filming TV and movie productions.

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  • Los Angeles Police detectives inspect a vehicle parked the wrong direction as they search the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles County coroner's investigator Rene Grand Pre walks a human-remains detecting K9 as police search the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Police detectives investigate the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • A resident stops their car to speak with Los Angeles Police detectives as they search the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Police detectives meet as they search the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles County coroner's investigator Rene Grand Pre, center, walks a human-remains detecting K9 around a vehicle as police search the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Police detectives Jeff Sandefur, right, and Claudia Castruita stand at the entrance of Bronson Canyon Park as they search the neighborhood near the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Residents walk their dogs along Canyon Drive as Los Angeles Police detectives, center, investigate the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew J. Smith, center, prepares to speak to media in front of the Bronson Canyon Park entrance as Los Angeles Police detectives search the neighborhood below the Hollywood Sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Los Angeles Police detectives work a crime scene in Griffith Park off Canyon Drive after a human head was discovered off a nearby trail Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, pool)

  • Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith, second left, looks on as a coroner's vehicle arrives at a crime scene in Griffith Park off Canyon Drive where a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, pool)

  • Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith, left, talks to Los Angeles Coroner Detective Rene Grand Pre in Griffith Park on Canyon Drive near the scene where a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, pool)

  • Los Angeles Police detectives work a crime scene in Griffith Park off Canyon Drive after a human head was discovered off a nearby trail Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)

  • Los Angeles Police detectives work a crime scene in Griffith Park off Canyon Drive after a human head was discovered off a nearby trail Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)

  • Los Angeles Police detectives work a crime scene in Griffith Park off Canyon Drive after a human head was discovered off a nearby trail Tuesday by two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. A human hand has since been discovered. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)

  • A hiker walks her dogs in Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs on a nearby trail off Canyon Drive in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have since discovered a human hand. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Two women hike in Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs on a nearby trail off Canyon Drive in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have since discovered a human hand. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • A group of hikers walks their dog in Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs on a nearby trail in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have since discovered a human hand. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • A hiker walks his dog in Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs on a nearby trail off Canyon Drive in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have since discovered a human hand. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Mounted Los Angeles Police officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park after a human head was discovered Tuesday by two people walking their dogs below the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators also found two severed hands. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Mounted Los Angeles Police officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park after a human head was discovered Tuesday by two people walking their dogs below the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have also two severed hands. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

  • Mounted Los Angeles Police officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park after a human head was discovered Tuesday by two people walking their dogs below the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Investigators have also found two severed hands. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

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