UPDATE at 6:01 p.m.: San Francisco Police have completed searching the hotel and did not find anyone inside, authorities said Tuesday evening.
As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, San Francisco police seeking to roust protesters and squatters from a vacant Tenderloin hotel had not found anyone home.
Homeless activists Homes Not Jails led about 50 people into the empty Cathedral Hill Hotel, at Geary Street and Van Ness Avenue, Monday night. As of Tuesday, it was unclear how many people remained inside, but owners believed most had left, according to a statement by Lt. Troy Dangerfield.
At the request of the building’s owners, California Pacific Medical Center, police began searching the building at about 1 p.m. and as of 2:30 p.m., had gone through about 300 of the hotel’s 400 rooms without finding any intruders, Dangerfield said.
Hospital spokesman Kevin McCormack did not return calls for comment Tuesday.
Cathedral Hill is among the vacant San Francisco buildings that Homes Not Jails claims they will take over as part of a protest against homelessness.
In addition to Cathedral Hill, protesters also moved into Charles Hotel Monday night. Police followed protesters to the abandoned building, but remained outside.
California Pacific Medical Center plans to develop the Cathedral Hill property into a $1.7 billion hospital.