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Human Skull Found in Griffith Park Belonged to Woman: Officials

A human skull that was found earlier this month in a remote area of Griffith Park was that of a woman, older than age 20, Los Angeles Coroner's officials confirmed on Sunday.

Hikers found the skull about 2 p.m. on March 19 near Brush Canyon Trail and reported it to park rangers, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A forensic anthropologist examined the skull and determined the woman was older than 20 when she died, and that the death was between one and 10 years ago, said coroner's Capt. John Kades. The skull is known only as Jane Doe number 22, he said.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of death.

Kades said DNA fragments may be submitted to compare the skull to that of missing persons. 

Covering 6 1/2 square miles in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain range, Griffith Park is considered the largest municipal park in the nation.

City News Service and Heather Navarro contributed to this report. 

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