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Skull with bullet hole in it found in Angeles National Forest

Two hikers discover the skull on a hillside burned in the Station fire. Sheriff's homicide investigators don't know how long it was there.

December 26, 2009|By Raja Abdulrahim

A human skull with a bullet hole in it has been found in the Angeles National Forest.

Two hikers came across it Thursday evening on a hillside that had been burned in the Station fire.

Homicide detectives are overseeing the investigation but don't yet know how long the skull was there, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.

"It appears to be burned," Whitmore said.

The Station fire, which started Aug. 26, burned 250 square miles of forest.

This morning, about a dozen detectives and forensic archaeologists will return to the site where the skull was discovered at the Angeles Forest Highway near Lucas Creek to search for additional remains, Whitmore said.

The skull is at the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The area where it was found has been secured, he said.

raja.abdulrahim@latimes.com

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