GRIFFITH PARK—Around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 a human skull was found in Griffith Park, according to reports. The skull is believed to be several years old and has not yet been identified.
Two hikers came upon the remains about 400 feet from the intersection of the Brush Canyon and Mulholland trails, according to the Los Angeles Times. The coroner was called in around 3 p.m. No other details have been made available to the public regarding the case.
This is not the first case of human remains being found near the famous Hollywood sign in Griffith Park. In April 2015, a skeleton was found by a hiker on an unofficial Griffith Park game trail near the Harding Municipal Golf Course. The remains were believed to be that of a transient as they were found in an encampment that was covered in camping supplies.
In 2014, Gabriel Campos Martinez was arrested for a 2012 unsolved cold case murder involving a body that was found near the Hollywood sign. The victim was identified to be Hervey Coronado Medellin, 66, of Los Angeles, who was a pen pal of Martinez’s after he was released from prison.
Two women who had been walking with their dogs discovered the remains. Medellin and Martinez were roommates according to Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace of the Major Crimes Division. Medellin died on December 27, 2011 from asphyxiation according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the coroner’s report.