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01-21-2012, 07:42 AM

Victim in Hollywood Hills Body Parts Case ID'd as Former Airline Worker



6:40 p.m. PST, January 20, 2012
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) -- Sources have identified to KTLA the name of the man whose head, hands and feet were found this week in the Hollywood Hills.

According to the unidentified source, the victim is 66-year old Hervey Medellin.

Medellin, a former Mexicana Airlines employee, retired some time ago.

Coroner's officials say they were able to identify Medellin through fingerprints from one of the hands.

But it remains unclear if Medellin was first identified through a tip.

LAPD investigators canvassed an apartment building in Hollywood Thursday night, where Medellin is believed to have lived.

They also questioned at least one person in connection with the case.

Police towed a silver Honda from the building, located in the 6200 block of Delongpre Avenue, around 7 p.m. Thursday.

No arrests have been made.

Meantime, Bronson Canyon Park has been reopened to the public.

Authorities concluded their search on Thursday after no new evidence was found.

They had been combing the area inch-by-inch since the initial discovery of a severed human head by two dog walkers on Tuesday near the 3200 block of Canyon Drive.

One of the dog walkers told reporters that two dogs started playing with an object they found in a plastic bag.

They took a closer look and realized the object was a human head.

On Wednesday, investigators using cadaver dogs recovered two hands and two feet.

The body parts were all discovered within about 50 yards of where the head was found, and investigators think they all belong to the same victim.

Authorities were optimistic that the hands were in good enough condition to obtain fingerprints.

Police officials said the head belonged to a man of European descent and that he had probably been dead only a day or two.

The victim appeared to be between the ages of 40 and 60 and had graying hair.

Authorities say they do not believe the case is related to the discovery several days ago of a torso in Arizona what was missing its head, feet and hands.

Investigators from the Pima County Sheriff's Department in Tucson have been in touch with local detectives.

But authorities said preliminary information indicates the cases are probably not related.

Investigators also said there was no indication of a crime scene near where the head was found, and they believe the body parts were dumped there.

"There's no reason to believe that this is part of any kind of a series," LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith stressed.

"There's no other evidence to indicate that this is anything besides just a single, individual isolated occurrence."

In addition to scouring the park, police have questioned people who live in the area.

One of those residents is actor Brad Pitt.

The LAPD confirmed that his body guard was interviewed in their search for leads, along with dozens of other residents.

Neighbors say it's a popular trail, and that the unfolding murder mystery seems unreal.

"They wanted to know whether I'd seen anything or heard anything unusual," neighbor Jeff Young told KTLA, describing questions he was asked by police.

"Absolute, straight TV show questions from a cop," Young said, in disbelief.

Pernicious Jakscoon
01-22-2012, 05:27 PM
My gut says this might be a older homo killed by some "rough trade" he brought home.

This guy used to work for an airline. Drug smuggling past?

01-23-2012, 04:17 AM
Used to work for an airline = male flight attendant. The rare exception is not a homosexual.

01-23-2012, 06:49 AM

Detectives Probing Dismembered Murder Victim’s Relationships With Boyfriend, Ex-Wife
January 23, 2012 6:11 AM


HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — The search for the suspect who murdered and dismembered a Hollywood man continues Monday.

Former Mexicana Airlines employee Harvey Medellin’s severed head, hands and feet were discovered last week in Bronson Canyon Park.

The rest of the 66-year-old’s remains have not been found.

On Saturday, Los Angeles police detectives searched Medellin’s third floor apartment at 6238 DeLongpre Avenue where he lived with his boyfriend and dog.

Police would not disclose what evidence was collected although several large bags could be seen being removed from the location.

Investigators say they are now looking into Medellin’s current relationship with his boyfriend and a past marriage to a woman.

“It’s crazy, it’s creepy . . . just to think I’m living under a guy that got murdered,” said neighbor Nicholas Hadgiantonas.

No arrests have been made in the case and authorities have not named a person of interest.

The Bobster
01-23-2012, 07:00 AM
“It’s crazy, it’s creepy . . . just to think I’m living under a guy that got murdered,” said neighbor Nicholas Hadgiantonas.

So it was okay as long as he was a live queer instead of a dead one?

06-08-2012, 06:41 AM

LAPD Probes Link Between Canadian Cannibal and Hollywood Head

5:41 a.m. PDT, June 8, 2012
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) -- The LAPD is investigating a possible connection between the porn star cannibal case in Canada and the discovery of a dismembered man on a hiking trail in January.

The severed remains of 66-year-old Hervey Medellin were found in Bronson Canyon Park near the Hollywood sign.

Only his head, hands and feet were recovered.

Investigators consider it unlikely that 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta was involved in the Hollywood case, but they were checking on his whereabouts at the time, LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said.

Smith said preliminary checks appeared to show that Magnotta was not in Los Angeles in late December, when the Hollywood murder is thought to have occurred.

However, the investigation is complicated by the fact that Magnotta is known to have assumed multiple identities.

The U.K. Sun newspaper reported on Thursday that a Los Angeles-based pimp claims to have hired Magnotta to work as a prostitute in January.

It also says that weeks after the discovery of Medellin's body parts, Magnotta advertised his services on Facebook as an L.A.-based masseur.

Magnotta is being held in a German jail and is awaiting extradition to Canada in the death of 32-year-old Chinese student Jun Lin.

Magnotta and Lin were reportedly gay lovers.

He's accused of killing Lin with a pick axe, then dismembering and defiling his body and posting a video of the crime online.

Montreal police have said the video appeared to show Lin's killer eating part of the body.

Police believe Magnotta sent Lin's body parts by mail to political parties in Ottawa.

A severed hand and foot sent to two elementary schools in Vancouver may also be linked to the crime.

The victim's head has still not been found.

Police arrested Magnotta in Berlin on Monday after he was spotted in an Internet cafe.

He will be extradited to Canada to face first-degree murder charges.

Medellin, a former employee of Mexicana Airlines, was openly gay, the LAPD confirms.

He was last seen in December, when he told friends he was going to Mexico.

Detectives have not said how he died or came to be dismembered.

Several search warrants have been issued in the case, but no arrests have been made.

03-10-2014, 12:32 PM

Hollywood severed head cold case: Suspect arrested
Monday, March 10, 2014


LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A suspect has been arrested in the murder of man whose severed head was found in the Hollywood Hills in 2012.

Gabriel Campos Martinez, 38, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, Los Angeles police said. He is being held without bail and is awaiting extradition proceedings.

The head of the victim, 66-year-old Hervey Medellin, was found in a plastic bag by two hikers in Bronson Canyon near the Hollywood sign in January 2012. The following day, detectives using search dogs found two hands and two feet in a shallow grave nearby.

Medellin was a former Mexicana Airlines employee who lived in Hollywood.

03-11-2014, 06:38 AM

Man Charged With Murder in 2012 Case Where Head Was Found in Griffith Park


More than two years after a human head was discovered by two hikers in Griffith Park, a 38-year-old man arrested in San Antonio, Texas, was charged with murder, authorities announced Monday.

The head was discovered on Jan. 17, 2012, by two women walking dogs on a trail in the L.A. city park, not far from the Hollywood sign in the Bronson Canyon area.

Responding investigators, aided by a cadaver dog, later found hands and feet nearby, police said at the time.

The victim was identified two days after the initial discovery as a 66-year-old L.A. resident, Hervey Coronado Medellin. Police searched a Hollywood apartment where he lived shortly after the gruesome discovery in Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2012.

More than six months after Medellin was identified, authorities offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer or killers.

On Friday, Gabriel Campos-Martinez was arrested on suspicion of murder by LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division detectives with the help of the San Antonio Police Department, according to an LAPD news release.

He was charged with one count of murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Martinez allegedly killed Medellin around Dec. 27, 2011, after having been roommates with the older man for about six months, according to a criminal complaint.

Medellin died of asphyxiation, the DA’s office stated. A coroner’s spokesman told the Los Angeles Times asphyxiation was probably what killed Medellin, but he noted that other injuries were unknown because not all of the body was recovered.

Deputy DA Bobby Grace said the motive was “due to the relationship” between the two men, the Times reported.

The property manager at the building on De Longpre Avenue where the two men lived on Monday said Martinez had moved out about one month after the homicide investigation began.

Martinez was being held on $1 million bail while he awaited an extradition hearing. He faces 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.

Speaking to news media at an unrelated press conference Monday morning, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called the killing a “particularly grisly homicide” and a “very difficult case.”

11-17-2015, 08:43 AM

Man Gets 25 Years to Life in Hollywood Sign Body Parts Murder
Posted 9:30 PM, November 16, 2015

The murder was “so inexplicable, so depraved … it defies description,” a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge told Gabriel Campos-Martinez on Monday as she sentenced him to 25 years to life for the slaying of his boyfriend.

After killing Hervey Medellin, Campos-Martinez chopped up the body and left the head in a plastic 99-Cents Only store bag near the Hollywood sign, jurors were told during the trial.