Man released after arrest in body-parts case dies 

Mark Andrus, the 59-year-old man arrested and later released in connection with a dismembered body discovered in the South of Market area late last month has died, Public Defender Jeff Adachi confirmed in a statement according to KGO-TV.

Andrus went into septic shock and was pronounced dead Saturday morning after being rushed to the hospital for drug-related reasons, according to KGO-TV.

San Francisco police on Sunday also confirmed the death of Andrus, but declined to say how Andrus died or why he was seeking medical care. Police have also declined to say where Andrus died, but a spokeswoman for San Francisco General Hospital said he was not a patient there.

The case was first reported after police received a 911 call Jan. 28 and responded to 11th Street between Market and Mission streets.

What they found was disturbing: a human torso stuffed in a black suitcase. After shutting down the street and searching further, more body parts were discovered nearby.

Police on Jan. 30 released surveillance pictures and a detailed description of a person of interest in the case who was seen in the area where the suitcase was found. On Jan. 31, police announced the arrest of Andrus on suspicion of murder.

But on Feb. 3, the District Attorney's Office said Andrus would not be charged in the case because there is not enough evidence at this time.

The case remains under investigation.

- Bay City News contributed to this report

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