Halloween is over but things are increasingly creepy in the Angeles National Forest, where there's been a "sudden spike" in discoveries of human bones in spots off trails throughout the massive woodland. The LA Times reports that in just a two-day period beginning on Saturday, law enforcement officials have been called out to three separate sites in the forest where human bones have been found. The recent wave of bones began on Halloween, when authorities were alerted to "a skull, vertebrae and pelvic bone in an 'extremely remote'" section of the forest near a campground in Lake Hughes.
The very next day, hikers found a human hand north of Tujunga. Later that same Sunday, in a canyon in residential area of north Altadena, a femur turned up. (For those keeping count, there was also a human skull found off Glendora Mountain Ridge Road earlier in October.)
Speaking about the recent three-peat of awful findings, a homicide detective with the LA County Sheriff's Department told the Times, "I don't have an explanation for why in such a short period of time we have all these recoveries," though he warned that things could get worse: with a very rainy winter predicted, the water could churn up all the bones that are apparently lurking just about everywhere in the forest. "I expect if we have El Niño, we may see an uptick in stuff that washes down the hill or is unearthed. It's hard to say what is out in the hills."
· Human remains found at three sites in Angeles National Forest [LAT]
· Watch the Enormous El Niño Growing in the Pacific Right Now [Curbed LA]