LAPD Investigating Human Skull Found in Shadow of the Hollywood Sign

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Hikers found the skull in L.A.'s Griffith Park on Saturday.

The LAPD is investigating a "very old" human skull found in L.A.'s Griffith Park on Saturday afternoon. 

The skull was seen by hikers near the Hollywood sign at about 2 p.m., and LAPD homicide investigators and Los Angeles County coroner’s office officials arrived at the scene around the Brush Canyon trail shortly thereafter. 

Lt. Ryan Schatz with the LAPD called the skull "very old," though he didn't know how long it had been in the park or the person's cause of death, KTLA reports

Investigators added that they planned to monitor the Griffith Park area throughout the night. Access to the area was closed off for the night. 

As of Saturday night, no other body parts have been located. 

The skull's discovery comes just two years after human remains were found in the same area. In 2014, remains, including a human head, were found near the Hollywood sign. A dog found the head on the hiking trail, and authorities later found hands and feet of what was determined to be the body of Hervey Medellin. Gabriel Campos-Martinez later was found guilty of his murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. 

The LAPD has not yet commented on whether the two discoveries could be related.  

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