It was a gruesome discovery with a Hollywood twist that turned into a two-year whodunit.
Gabriel Campos Martinez, 38, was arrested Sunday in San Antonio, Texas, and is awaiting extradition to Los Angeles in the grisly murder of 66-year-old retired airlines employee Hervey Coronado Medellin.
Although a number of theories had been floated about the killing, detectives had considered Martinez “as a person of interest since the outset of the investigation,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference Monday.
Martinez and Medellin once shared a Hollywood apartment and had been in a relationship, said Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace.
Medellin had been strangled and likely killed someplace else before his remains were dumped in a park below the sign, says Grace. Dog walkers initially came across the head in a plastic bag, then a search turned up hands and feet.
No possible motive was offered.
“We’re very happy police did not forget about this crime,” Medellin’s cousin Juan Gonzalez tells NBC4-TV, “and that they were able to follow through.”