A fresh trail of blood on a Marina district street may be connected to the body of a young man found in the yacht harbor near Fort Mason Tuesday morning, police said.
A woman walking along the pier found the clothed body floating near docked boats around 6:30 a.m., police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Police have yet to release the young man's name but said he was white and about 19 years old.
The case is being investigated as a homicide.
The night before at around 10:30 p.m., police responded to a report of a trail of blood on Buchanan Street. The trail began in front of a post office on Buchanan Street, streaked across Marina Boulevard and continued into a parking lot and toward the water, Dangerfield said.
Cops searched the area Monday night but did not find a body. The search was hampered by the dark, and the trail of blood appeared to peter out before reaching the water, Dangerfield said.
“Officers did their due diligence and they searched the area,” he said.
A witness led police to a green Volvo parked at Buchanan and Bay streets that is believed to be related to the case, Dangerfield said. Police did not say how the car might be connected to the deceased man.
On Tuesday, a pool of splattered blood remained on the sidewalk in front of the post office at Beach and Buchanan streets. The blood trail crossed Marina Boulevard and continued into a parking lot, where another pool was visible.
Traffic was diverted around the area Tuesday while police awaited for the medical examiner to retrieve the body from the water. Police have not revealed the condition of the body.
Police are trying to piece together the events that led to the death. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.
Bay City News contributed to this report.