Dismembered body found in suitcase on busy San Francisco street

January 30th, 2015 by Staff

Police found the grisly remains Wednesday afternoon as they responded to a suspicious package call.


(ABC 7 Los Angeles) SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The report of a suspicious package led to a gruesome discovery in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon.

Police say a torso was discovered inside a suitcase that was left on the sidewalk and surrounded by trash. 

Police tape cut through the South of Market area for most of the evening. As pedestrians learned why, many struggled to contain their shock.

“It scares me, it really scares me because I walk here every day,” said Arsenia Bersola, a SoMa resident. 

A caller reported a suspicious package shortly after 4 pm. Minutes later, police opened the suitcase and found the dismembered body inside. Officers immediately shut down the area to investigate. Police say they then recovered additional body parts nearby at Mission and 11th streets. 

Justin Bell works at 10th and Mission streets. He can’t comprehend why or how someone would commit such a crime.

“It took some time and consideration to take somebody and put them in a suitcase and make them fit in a suitcase and it’s horrible. I feel horrible,” Bell said. 

The medical examiner and homicide investigators spent hours on scene. Police aren’t releasing any details but say they do have a suspect. 

“We do have people of interest that homicide investigators are speaking to, as well as using surveillance cameras,” said Officer Grace Gatpandan with San Francisco police.

The fact that the suitcase was left in such a high traffic area has at least one man speculating.
“The person who did it has got to want to be caught, this is a camera gulch right here,” said one man. 

Police say they haven’t yet figured out the victim’s age, race or gender.


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