Search Underway for More Body Parts After Human Hand, Leg Bone Found in SoCal Foothills

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Multiple law enforcement vehicles were in an area off of Big Tujunga Canyon Road on Nov. 2, 2015, a day after a human hand was discovered in the area. (Credit: KTLA)

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Investigators were looking for more body parts above Sunland-Tujunga early Monday afternoon, a day after a hiker located a human hand in the area, authorities said.

It was not immediately known when the discovery was made on Sunday, but deputies responded to an area off Big Tujunga Canyon Road after a hiker reported finding a possible human hand, according to Sgt. Rudy Sanchez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Crescenta Valley Station.

The hand was later confirmed to be human, Lt. Fred Corral of the county coroner’s office said. No further details about the discovery were provided.

Corral added investigators were at the scene on Monday searching for more body parts. Shortly after noon, aerial video from Sky5 showed multiple law enforcement vehicles in the area.

Sanchez did not provide an exact location for where the search was being conducted. He also did not state where the hand was discovered.

In a separate incident, a human leg bone was found Sunday night at the basin of a canyon in Altadena.

The femur bone was located around 7:30 p.m. in 2800 block of Tanoble Drive, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s department.

Homicide detectives responded to the area on Monday morning to process the scene for any possible additional remains or potential evidence, the release stated.

The identity of the remains of the deceased will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

No further information was immediately released in either case.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this story. 

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