The severed head and other body parts found near the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles has been identified as the body of Hervey Coronado Medellin. Medellin reportedly worked for Mexican Airlines. There have been reports recently of three “beheadings” in two states, believed to be related to drug cartels. So far, we’re not told under what circumstances Medellin’s head was removed from the body – during a murder or after a murder. I’ll have updates when available.
Hervey Medellin was a 66-year-old retired Mexican Airlines worker. He lived in Hollywood. A Fox News report this morning says Medellin’s “boyfriend” is under arrest. Other reports say the man arrested ‘lived with Medellin.’ I can find no reports of an arrest in print and will update if the report is accurate. UPDATE: 12:43 pm: – Casey Steagall on Fox is saying witnesses say a man believed to be Medellin’s roommate was led away in handcuffs, but it is not clear whether an arrest occurred.
Andrew Hill, who lives on the second floor of the apartment building, told The Times he heard a lot of commotion on the floor above him at about 3 a.m. about three weeks ago. He said he heard furniture moving as well as screaming and yelling. He said spoke to police detectives Thursday and they asked him when the garbage was taken out.
Medellin’s friend Vilma Aguilar told KCBS-TV that Medellin hiked through Griffith Park. During one hike last year, she said, he met a new friend. Medellin’s severed head and body parts were found on a hiking trail in the park in Bronson Canyon. Source.
Three beheadings were reported in Arizona and one in Oklahoma – both attributed to cartels. In 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was excoriated for saying the Arizona desert had become a place for cartel beheadings of American citizens. Today, Brewer is proven accurate. HOWEVER, there is no indication that Medellin was the victim of a cartel or that he was beheaded as a method of death, but the connection on Mexicana airlines makes one wonder.
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