A suitcase containing the body of a dead woman was taken from The Embarcadero, where it was discovered Tuesday morning, to the Coroner’s Office.
Police will consider the case a homicide unless the medical examiner rules otherwise, police spokeswoman Lyn Tomioka said.
“People don’t get into suitcases by themselves,” Tomioka said. “Obviously, there’s somebody else associated with this.”
Police say the unidentified woman, who appears to be in her 30s, was in the fetal position inside the suitcase that had been floating in the Bay.
The body was discovered after a child saw the floating suitcase and told a relative, who alerted firefighters nearby.
The firefighters were returning in a boat to their waterfront station near Folsom Street a little before 9 a.m. Police Lt. Mike Stasko said there is no obvious cause of death. He said the suitcase, which has no owner tags, appears to have been in the water for a couple of days, based on the body’s level of decomposition.
“The body would have stayed in the suitcase and been transported from the scene in that suitcase, because that’s a part of the evidence,” Tomioka said.