Man arrested in connection with SF body parts case 

click to enlarge Police on Friday night escort out of 430 Turk St. a person of interest in the body parts case. - COURTESY OF BRYAN CARMODY
  • COURTESY OF BRYAN CARMODY
  • Police on Friday night escort out of 430 Turk St. a person of interest in the body parts case.

San Francisco police made an arrest Saturday in a case involving a dismembered body found inside a suitcase earlier this week in South of Market.

Mark Andrus, 59, was arrested in connection with a case in which body parts were found in the suitcase and near the suitcase on 11th Street between Market and Mission streets Wednesday afternoon, Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

Additional remains were found in a trash can half a block away from the original scene. The San Francisco Police Department said that some of the body parts were missing, but declined to say which ones.

Officers had received an anonymous tip just before 7:30 p.m. Friday reporting that a person of interest seen in photos released to the public earlier that day could be found in the 400 block of Turk Street, she said.

Officers detained two people at the scene, one of whom was confirmed as the person of interest.

Both people were taken to the Hall of Justice for questioning, police said.

Andrus was arrested on suspicion of murder and booked into County Jail early Saturday, according to police.

Investigators will tap the DNA lab at the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services for assistance in determining the identity of the body, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The case remains under investigation and authorities are asking anyone with information about the death to call the San Francisco Police Department's homicide unit at (415) 553-1145 or email gay.watts@sfgov.org. Anonymous tips can be left at (415) 575-4444.

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