Decapitated body found in Griffith Park prompts investigation

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Decapitated body found in Griffith Park prompts investigation
Police say a hiker made the disturbing discovery at Griffith Park Monday morning,

GRIFFITH PARK, LOS ANGELES -- Dismembered human remains were discovered in Griffith Park Monday, prompting a homicide investigation, according to police.

Los Angeles police officers responded to the area near the intersection of Griffith Park Drive and Camp Road around 9 a.m. shortly after a hiker in the area discovered a piece of the decapitated body, authorities said. Officers then located other parts of the body in the surrounding area.

Not far from the location, officers found an encampment where a homeless person may have been living.

LAPD Lt. Ryan Rabbet said they don't believe a crime was involved. Rabbet speculated that it may have been a homeless person that died and was later dismembered by an animal.

The victim, only identified as a man in his 40s or 50s, is believed to have been dead for at least two to three days, according to law enforcement.

A homicide investigation was launched due to protocol, but foul play is not suspected. Additional circumstances surrounding the death were not immediately released.