Police search La Brea Tar Pits in murder case

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wooly mammoths, saber-toothed cats and giant ground sloths have been dredged up from the murky depths of La Brea Tar Pits.

On Thursday, Los Angeles police plumbed the oily waters hoping that some evidence in a homicide investigation would bubble up to the surface.

Officer Rosario Herrera says a dive team searched the black lagoon in the heart of the city’s Miracle Mile area. Police won’t say if anything was found.

The La Brea Tar Pits are located on Wilshire Boulevard, on the same campus as the Page Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Hundreds of thousands of animal carcasses have been dredged from the tar pits through excavations over the last century, helping scientists piece together the long-ago inhabitants of the Los Angeles Basin.

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