Human skull found in bed of L.A. River

Human skull is found at L.A. River in Bell; homicide detectives investigating

A human skull was found Sunday in the bed of the Los Angeles River in southeast L.A. County, officials said.

Authorities were notified around 9:30 a.m. about the discovery in the riverbed in Bell, near Slauson Avenue and the 710 Freeway, said Juanita Navarro-Suarez, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

A man and a woman "were walking in the riverbed when they saw what appeared to be a human skull," Navarro-Suarez told The Times.

Homicide investigators have confirmed that the skull is human, she said. But no other details were available.

"We don’t know how long the skull has been there," she said, and the gender and age of the deceased are unknown. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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