Police release description of person of interest in SF human remains case 

Police have released surveillance footage and a description of a person of interest in the case of the human body parts found Wednesday in a suitcase and near the suitcase in South of Market.

About 4:15 p.m., police responded to 11th Street between Market and Mission streets on reports of a suspicious package. That package turned out to be a suitcase with human remains inside. There were also reports of other body parts found near the suitcase.

The remains inside the suitcase were of a torso, Officer Albie Esparza said.

On Friday morning, the Medical Examiner's Office said the remains were that of one “light-skinned male.”

Earlier this week, police detained and released three people in connection with the case.

Then on Friday afternoon, police released surveillance pictures and a detailed description of a person of interest in the case.

That person is described as a white man, aged 50 to 60, about 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8 and wearing a pinstripe baseball hat, blue and orange jacket and light blue jeans, Sgt. Monica Macdonald said in a statement. Police believe he is a transient.

The reason he is a person of interest is because he was seen in the area the suitcase was discovered about the same time, Esparza said. He was not seen with the suitcase.

The man is being referred to as a person of interest rather than a suspect because he was in the area around that time, and police want to talk to anyone who may have been in that area at that time, Esparza said.

Police are continuing to search the area for additional body parts but as of Friday afternoon, no more have been found, Esparza said.

Anyone with information on this possible person of interest is encouraged to call (415) 575-4444 or send a text to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.

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