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Homeless Man Finds Decapitated Body Along San Gabriel River

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the remains were largely skeletal and appeared to have been there several weeks. The skull was found 15-20 feet from the body.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Animal activity was "most likely" the cause of the separation of a skull from the skeletal remains of a body found in a brush- covered field along the bed of the San Gabriel River in Irwindale, authorities said today.

The remains were found around 5:25 p.m. Thursday by a homeless man searching for recyclables just south of Foothill Boulevard, they said.

Sgt. Scott Hoglund of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau said the remains were largely skeletal and appeared to have been there several weeks. The skull was found 15-20 feet from the body.

Hoglund told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that the separation "was most likely animal activity," and that there were no overt signs of trauma to the remains.

—City News Service

Lori Lomas February 15, 2014 at 03:38 PM
How awful. We saw the police vehicle down in the riverbed area, and the search lights set up at the side of the road on Thursday night, and wondered what was going on.....

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