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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2012 | By Alan Zarembo and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
As the sun set over the Hollywood Hills park where police spent Wednesday searching for human body parts, they still didn't have a name to go with the man's head discovered there a day earlier. What they did have were two hands and two feet. Authorities were optimistic that the hands were in good enough condition to obtain fingerprints. The homicide investigation began Tuesday afternoon after two dog walkers in Bronson Canyon Park noticed their dogs playing with a plastic bag and went to inspect it. PHOTOS: Body parts found below Hollywood sign Inside was a man's head.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2006 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
When the Marines opened the ancient freezer in the abandoned building Wednesday, they found ... body parts. The squeamish need go no further. The macabre tale began Wednesday morning on the grounds of the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the noted county hospital in Downey, where a group of U.S. Marines were using abandoned buildings as part of a military exercise. The troops spotted a freezer inside one of the buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A 51-year-old San Bernardino woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after she was discovered on a city street pushing a trash can containing a man's dismembered body, Ontario police said Monday. Carmen Montenegro was taken into custody after Ontario residents in the 700 block of Holmes Avenue spotted her about 3 p.m. Sunday pushing a foul-smelling trash bin and alerted police, Det. Jeff Crittenden said. Body parts were found inside the bin, he said. After Montenegro's arrest, detectives began an exhaustive search of the home and yard of a relative on the same street, Crittenden said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2004 | Alan Zarembo and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
The trade in human body parts is a seller's market. Pharmaceutical companies buy everything from fingernails to tendons to use for research. Medical instrument firms conduct training seminars for doctors, filling anatomy laboratories -- or hotel event rooms -- with trays of knees or heads that surgeons can use to acquaint themselves with new devices and techniques.
NATIONAL
August 29, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
FLORIDA * A University of Florida neurologist professor was arrested after police found preserved heads, brains, arms and other body parts at his house, some stored in Tupperware containers. Joseph James Warner, 49, was charged with illegal storage and preservation of human remains and with domestic battery, both misdemeanors. He was held on $5,000 bond. Warner said he "conducted research at his home, including dissections of human and animal body parts," Gainesville police said.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A construction worker checking a remote road found carcasses and body parts of about 150 dogs, sheriff's officials said in Gate City. "When we got to the scene, you just could not believe the smell, and the amount of dogs down there was just unbelievable," sheriff's investigator Chris Holder said. "I've never seen anything like it. It looks like a deliberate dumping."
NEWS
April 18, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Border Patrol agents found $5.5 million worth of marijuana and cocaine stashed among body parts in the back of a truck at a checkpoint in Falfurrias, 80 miles north of the Rio Grande. Agents made the discovery searching bins full of dirty hospital laundry in the truck after a drug-sniffing dog went after it, said the patrol's Leti Garza. She said the Drug Enforcement Administration believes the body parts came from hospitals in the area and were used to try to mask the smell of the drugs.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An exotic dancer accused of keeping human body parts in her home plans to plead not guilty to charges of unlawful disposal of human remains, her attorney said. Linda Kay, 31, was charged after police found six human skulls and a hand in a jar of formaldehyde in her bedroom. A former roommate said the hand was a gift from a medical student. Kay's mother said she thought the skulls were bought from a mail-order catalog.
NEWS
October 9, 1998 | From Associated Press
The partial remains of a pregnant woman who vanished nearly a month ago after being lured from her home by the promise of free diapers have been found in the trash in Tijuana. The discovery is the latest development in the disappearance of Margarita Flores, a macabre case that continues to baffle police. Josefina Sonia Saldana, 40, who is accused of kidnapping Flores on Sept. 14 from her Fresno home, remained in jail in lieu of $1 million bail and is the sole suspect in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2004 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
A prominent Los Angeles law firm filed a lawsuit Tuesday against companies that it alleged had bought body parts stolen from cadavers that had been donated to UCLA's medical school. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the widow of a man whose body had been donated to UCLA. The suit was seeking class-action status for other donors and was at least the second such suit to be filed since the scandal about the sale of body parts broke earlier this month.
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