Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 42 / 19 October 2017
 

Update: SF police make arrest in dismembered body case

Person sought in connection with dismembered body. Photo: SFPD

Person sought in connection with dismembered body. Photo: SFPD

San Francisco police released photos today (Friday, January 30) of a “person of interest” in connection with the dismembered body that was found Wednesday in a suitcase in the South of Market neighborhood.

[Update Saturday, January 31]: Police announced today that they’ve arrested Mark Andrus, 59, in connection with the death.

Officers responded to the area around the 400 block of Turk Street Friday night after receiving an anonymous tip. Police detained two people and confirmed one of them was the person of interest they’d sought. Homicide investigators arrested Andrus early this morning and booked him in county jail for murder. Police haven’t released a booking photo. The investigation remains active, and anyone with information related the case is still asked to contact police. [End update]

Police described the man they’re seeking as white, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, and from 50 years old to his early 60s. He’s pictured wearing a pinstripe baseball hat, a blue and orange jacket, and light blue jeans.

“He may be transient,” Officer Grace Gatpandan, a police spokeswoman, said in a news release today.

The medical examiner’s office has determined the remains found Wednesday on Eleventh Street, between Mission and Market streets, are those of a “light-skinned male,” but the man’s identity hasn’t been determined.

In a summary, Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman, said, someone “flagged down” an officer at 4:14 p.m. Wednesday and reported “a suspicious looking suitcase near the street.”

Gatpandan said officers discovered “possible human remains” in the suitcase. “Additional remains were located in a trashcan half a block away … . The medical examiner was called to the scene and confirmed the remains were human.”

In a news release today, Assistant Medical Examiner Administrator Christopher Wirowek said, “The assistance of the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services DNA Laboratory will be necessary to aid in the identification process.”

The cause and manner of death are “pending,” Wirowek said.

The location where the remains were found is close to several gay bars, including Oasis, which is just a couple blocks away at 298 11th Street.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department Homicide Unit at 415-553-1145 or email gary.watts@sfgov.org.

Anonymous tips can be left at 415-575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411, with SFPD at the start of the message.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 30, 2015 @ 7:13 pm PST
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