Police investigate human skull found in forest near Sylmar

Authorities tried to determine Friday the origin of a human skull found along the edge of Angeles National Forest near Sylmar.

The bones were found about 11:10 a.m. Thursday in an unincorporated Los Angeles County area in the 11700 block of Little Tujunga Canyon Road, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

Sheriff's homicide detectives were dispatched to the scene and learned that a work crew hired by the Angeles National Forest Service was clearing brush in a dry wash when the skull was found in some brush, Navarro-Suarez
said, adding that investigators from the Los Angeles County coroner's office went to the site and confirmed the skull was human.

No other bones were immediately found, according to Navarro-Suarez. The coroner's office will work with homicide detectives to determine whose skull it was and how that person died, she said.

Anyone with information about the skull was urged to contact the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or, to provide information anonymously, Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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