Entries in Search Warrant (3)


Police Search Apartment of Hollywood Murder Victim

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Investigators have executed a search warrant at the apartment of the 66-year-old man whose severed head, hands and feet were found near Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood sign.

Hervey Medellin’s head was discovered by two women walking their dogs last week in Bronson Canyon Park, near the famed Hollywood sign in the Hollywood Hills.

Lauren Kornberg said that her dog began digging under a bush when the head was discovered.

“He had something in his mouth that he immediately dropped and it was big and round,” Kornberg told ABC News.

Kornberg said that she initially thought that the head was a movie prop, since the park is a popular filming location, but soon realized that it was real.

Two days after Medellin’s severed head was discovered, his hands and feet were found 50 yards away by detectives combing the area.  Investigators say they believe that the man was murdered and his body parts were then dumped at the park.

According to neighbors in his nearby apartment building, investigators questioned them about Medellin and a young man who shared his apartment on the third floor of their building.

“We would walk our dogs together sometimes.  He was very nice, very friendly, always smiled.  I feel very sorry,” neighbor Terry Brown told ABC News' Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV.

One neighbor reportedly heard “screaming and yelling,” and, “a lot of commotion on the floor above him” about three weeks ago.

Police say no arrests have been made and nobody has been detained for questioning.  Police would only confirm that a search warrant served at the apartment building was related to the murder investigation.

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Police Release Details of Baby Lisa Search Warrant

(Full-sized version below). Bev Chapman/KMBC(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Authorities investigating the disappearance of 11-month-old Lisa Irwin searched in and around the Irwin home Wednesday for nearly 17 hours, according to court documents released Friday.

Investigators removed items -- including a comforter, purple shorts, a Disney character shirt, a Glo Worm toy, Cars-themed blanket, rolls of tape and a tape dispenser -- from the property, ABC affiliate KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo. reports. They also took carpets from the property as evidence.

Lisa Irwin was reported missing on Oct. 4. According to KMBC, authorities state in an affidavit supporting the search warrant that "investigative interviews with the people involved revealed conflicting information for clear direction in the investigation."  

In the weeks since Lisa was reported missing, police have said the infant's parents -- Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley -- at times have not offered full cooperation in the search for Lisa.

The documents also reveal that an FBI cadaver dog "indicated a positive 'hit' for the scent of a deceased human" on the floor of Bradley's bedroom near the bed.



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Police Search the Home of Missing Utah Mom's Husband, Father-in-Law

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Dozens of investigators and members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department are searching the Washington State home of the husband and father-in-law of missing Utah mom Susan Powell, ABC News affiliate KOMO in Seattle reported Thursday.

Investigators and forensic specialists were combing the Puyallup, Wash., home, which Powell's 35-year-old husband, Josh Powell, shares with his father, Steven Powell, and has been living with the couple's two young sons, Charlie and Braden.

Susan Powell was last seen in her home in 2009, but hasn't been seen or heard from since. While her husband has not been arrested or charged in her disappearance, police said he continues to be considered a person of interest.

Josh Powell maintains that he had nothing to do with the 2009 disappearance of his "unstable" and "very sexual" wife.

"Everyone who knows me knows that I would never hurt her and I would never hurt my boys," Powell said in an interview with ABC News. "I would never hurt anyone."

Steven Powell, Susan Powell's father-in-law, told ABC News that he and his son's wife had a highly flirtatious relationship that Josh didn't know about. He alleged that his missing daughter-in-law would frequently make passes at him and that he had a relationship with her that was "a little beyond the pale."

Susan Powell, then 28, was last seen on Dec. 6, 2009, at the West Valley City, Utah, home she shared with her husband and their two young sons, Charlie, then 4, and Braden, then 2.

Josh Powell told authorities that he had been camping with the boys -- in the midst of a blizzard -- the night his wife vanished.

Powell described his missing wife as an erratic and depressive person who contemplated suicide at several points in her life and would leave the house barely dressed.

Powell told ABC News that he felt his wife might still be alive. Though he said that he was unaware of any time that his wife was unfaithful to him, he wondered if she left him and their two young children for another man.

"She's a very sexual person," he said.

Josh Powell's characterization of his wife was supported by his father, Steven Powell, who spoke with ABC News about his relationship with his daughter-in-law -- one that he claims was very flirtatious. He also says that the two were in love.

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