An autopsy is scheduled this morning on a body found in a suitcase that was spotted floating in the Bay on Tuesday, according to the San Francisco medical examiner's office.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, a citizen saw the suitcase floating near the Embarcadero and Folsom Street. The citizen reported it to firefighters who were returning from a rescue in the Bay, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.
Firefighters notified police, who are now investigating the death, police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said. No arrests have been made in the case.
Police contacted the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday to ask for assistance in determining the drift patterns in the Bay around the time the suitcase was found, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Jeremy Pichette said.
A computer program that the Coast Guard uses in search-and-rescue missions to find out where an object may have drifted "essentially did a reverse search ... trying to go back in time" to estimate where the suitcase may have drifted from, Pichette said.
He said, however, that the program was unable to provide any substantial information that would help police.
The victim's identity has not yet been released. Police said it appears the body had only been in the water for a couple of days.