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Body Parts Found on California Walking Trail & Virginia Railway Tracks

Human Skull

Human Skull

Two hikers walking along the Los Liones Canyon trail in the Pacific Palisades around 11 a.m. on September 22, 2012, alerted police to the presence of human remains after they found a skull and some bones. Officers investigating the report found a human skull and skeletal remains of a torso at the head of the seven-mile-long trail. Cause of death has not yet been determined, nor has the person been identified. Police are reaching out to the public for information relating to this case. Anyone with any information is urged to call West Bureau Homicide Detectives at (213) 382-9470 or toll free at (877) LAPD24-7 (527-3247).

In Manassas, Va., a suspicious bag was found on the VRE’s Manassas line on September 19. Police reportedly halted all trains to safely retrieve the bag. On opening it they found that it contained human body parts. Responers called the medical examiner to the scene and stopped all train service on that line. The investigation shut down the commuter rail for several hours, but regular service was restored by morning. Police have not released any more information on the find.

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