- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The man whose dismembered head, hands and feet were found in a Hollywood park has been identified, Los Angeles officials said Friday, but they’re not releasing his name.

Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said police investigators have asked officials to withhold any information about the man, including his age or hometown, as they continue to hunt for his killer.

The head was found Tuesday in a plastic grocery bag by a dog walker near the towering Hollywood sign, and police searchers found the man’s hands and feet during a two-day search that ended Thursday.

Police concluded that no other body parts had been dumped in the wilderness park.

The man is believed to have been killed elsewhere, police have said. Coroner’s officials are trying to identify the man through fingerprints, dental records and DNA databases.

The dead man was between 40 and 60 years old. His head, found by a dog that was let off its leash, had been there a few days at most. Any longer and coyotes would have destroyed them, police said.

“If it had not been for the dog walker, we might never have found it,” police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Thursday.

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