Discovery of Body Parts in Griffith Park Prompts Investigation

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A hiker discovered dismembered human body parts in Los Angeles' Griffith Park Monday morning, and police said an animal may have gotten to the individual's remains.

The body was found decapitated when Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to the area of Griffith Park Drive and Camp Road at 9:01 a.m., according to LAPD.

LAPD launched a homicide investigation earlier in the morning but later said it's considered an undetermined death investigation. Detectives raised the possibility the person may have been camping when he or she died.

"The evidence suggests the person passed away and animals may have gotten to it," LAPD Lt. Ryan Rabbett said.

The individual may have been homeless and living in the area, and was a white or Hispanic man in his 40s or 50s, Rabbett said.

Chief Park Ranger Joe Losorelli told KTLA "there's different body parts laying around" but it was unclear how long the body had been there. He said the remains were found up the canyon by someone walking a dog.

No other details have been released by LAPD.

KTLA's Nerissa Knight and Nidia Becerra contributed to this report. 


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