Police appeal to public for leads in Lower Haight stabbing 

Police say Philip Dimartino, the marketing executive found stabbed to death in his Lower Haight apartment, frequented bars in the Castro district and hope that people will come forward with any information about what may have happened to him.

A concerned co-worker found Dimartino’s body, riddled with stab wounds on the floor in his 138 Hermann St. apartment, after he didn’t show up for work, police said.

The mysterious death has sparked interest from the “true crime” TV show “48 Hours Mystery,” which recently called police asking if there are any similarities in this crime to an internationally famous case in San Francisco in 2007 that was featured on the show.

In that case, a 36-year-old man with dual French and American citizenship was found dead with three stab wounds inside his locked apartment. The case sparked controversy over whether the death was a suicide, as an SFPD investigation initially determined, or a killing, as French investigators ruled.

The family of the French-American, named Hugues de la Plaza, has contacted The Examiner saying they want to help in the investigation of Dimartino’s apparent murder.

Anyone with information about Dimartino can call SFPD’s homicide detail at (415) 553-1145, or the department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. You can also text a tip to 847411 and type: SFPD + message.


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