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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Incident Report on Body Parts in Bag Case Reads "Death Report. Cause Unknown."

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 2:59 PM

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Police yesterday were jolted to discover a suitcase on 11th Street between Market and Mission stuffed with human body parts

Well, who wouldn't be? A lesser surprise — but a surprise nonetheless — was how this case was described on the police incident report. 

Police sources tell us it was classified as "Death Report. Cause Unknown." It has not yet been declared a homicide. 

Asked for comment, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza replied, "First it's the medical examiner that determines cause of death. second, we are not sure where this even took place. So we have to wait for the ME to determine cause of death and ID the body parts."

It remains unclear whether the parts in that bag come from multiple people. But this may not end up being a San Francisco homicide. Or homicides.  

If, as Esparza intimated, it is determined this presumptive homicide took place elsewhere before the suitcase was transported to 11th Street, then this incident wouldn't add to San Francisco's burgeoning murder count. For the moment, the total remains nine murders, which is a rather bloody start to the year.

If the case, somehow, remains within bureaucratic purgatory and isn't classified as a homicide, that, too, wouldn't count against the city's total. 

It'll be interesting to see what causes of death are, eventually, affixed to this incident. And whose problem it then becomes. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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