Police have now released the name of the man whose head, hands, and feet were found this week in the Hollywood Hills.
Neighbors and friends of the man whose head, hands and feet were found in the Hollywood Hills said he was a staple in the neighborhood.
"He’s a very nice person," one neighbor said. "He was always walking his dog, he had friends everywhere."
Police found human remains in Bronson Park, a green space just under the Hollywood sign, Tuesday and Wednesday. Authorities identified the victim as 66-year-old Hervey Medellin.
"He has no money, you know, he’s alone, he has no family," the neighbor added. She said she had known Medellin for years.
The victim retired after 25 years with Mexicana Airlines and lived in a Hollywood apartment which he shared with a roommate and a dog.
Police searched the apartment, towed away Medellin’s gold Honda Civic and questioned his roommate Friday. Medellin’s apartment complex was just south of the Bronson Canyon Park where the body parts were found.
"It just worries me that I live here. I am new here, and this time it’s right above me," said another neighbor, who has lived on the second floor of the complex for four months.
Passersby said the search of Medellin’s apartment was impressive.
"It was weird, we thought it was going to be a drug bust or something because we’ve never seen that many cops before," one man said.
Investigators are no longer searching the park where the remains were found, and by early Thursday afternoon determined that the body’s torso, arms and legs were not in the park.