Man arrested in murder case of body parts found in luggage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police have arrested a man in connection with a suitcase found on a downtown street stuffed with dismembered human remains.

Mark Andrus, 59, was booked into county jail early Saturday morning on suspicion of murder, Officer Grace Gatpandan said in a statement. Andrus was one of two people detained the previous evening after Gatpandan said police received a call on the department’s anonymous tip line that a “person of interest” in the suitcase incident had been spotted.

Police are looking into the possibility that organized crime or a gang was responsible, authorities said.

On Friday night, Police Chief Greg Suhr confirmed a “person of interest” was detained for questioning in the Tenderloin district, the San Francisco Chronicle reported .

The move came only hours after police released grainy surveillance photos of a man wearing a striped baseball cap, light blue jeans and a blue and orange jacket.

The suitcase was found Wednesday afternoon on a street in the city’s South of Market neighborhood. More body parts were found in a trash can nearby.

The condition of the man’s torso has police considering the possibility that organized crime or a gang was responsible for the remains, Officer Albie Esparza told the Chronicle. He did not elaborate in the story.

Police said that in addition to the man pictured in the surveillance photo, a second person was detained. His connection to the case was not revealed.

The San Francisco medical examiner determined that the remains belong to an unidentified light-skinned man. Authorities will now turn to a DNA laboratory to identify him.

 

 

 

 

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