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Skull Found Near Hollywood Sign Identified as Female, Coroner Says

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A human skull found on a hiking trail in the Hollywood Hills near the iconic Hollywood sign earlier this month belongs to an adult female, a coroner official says.

“It appears to be a female and at least 20 years of age or older,” Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter tells PEOPLE.

The woman’s death occurred “anywhere from one to 10 years ago,” he says.

Two hikers stumbled across the skull on March 19 in a section of Bronson Canyon park that leads up to the Hollywood sign.

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Winter says investigators are still trying to determine her identity and how she died.

“We want to identify her and match her with any possible missing females and we will go from there,” he says.

It’s not the first time skeletal remains have been found in Bronson Canyon park. In 2012, a dog walker discovered the head of former Mexicana Airlines clerk Hervey Medellin along a wooded trail near the Hollywood sign in a case dubbed “The Hollywood Head.” Police later found Medellin’s feet and hands about 50 yards away.

The case generated widespread speculation, including theories Medellin’s death was tied to a Mexican drug cartel or even to a Canadian porn actor convicted of dismembering a Chinese exchange student and sending some of his body parts to members of the Canadian Parliament.

But authorities zeroed in on Medellin’s boyfriend, Gabriel Campos-Martinez, who was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the murder last November.