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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mark Andrus: DA Doesn't File Charges Against Suspect in Dismembered Body Case

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 7:37 AM

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Mark Andrus was released from jail late last night after prosecutors declined to file charges against the 59-year-old drifter for the murder of an unidentified man whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase outside the Goodwill store last week. 

According to press reports, Andrus was freed from jail last night after the DA claimed there just wasn't enough evidence to charge him. 

Andrus, who was escorted out of jail by Public Defender Jeff Adachi at 9:30 p.m., refused to give the Chron a comment. Adachi only said his client was "extremely relieved" to be out of jail. 

The District Attorney's Office later said that there was insufficient evidence to charge Andrus with murder at this time, in part because the Medical Examiner has yet to determine who the victim is or how they died. Initial reports say the victim, whose head and hands were missing from the suitcase, was a light-skinned male. 

Andrus was picked up by police over the weekend after surveillance footage somehow linked him to the gruesome discovery at Mission and 11th streets last Wednesday. A passerby spotted a "suspicious package" on the street and called police. After a quick investigation, police determined the package was a suitcase filled with body parts.

An anonymous tip led police to the 400 block of Turk Street where Andrus had been staying with a friend. He was arrested on suspicion of murder.  

“At this stage of the case, the medical examiner has yet to determine a cause of death or issue a positive identification of the victim,” Alex Bastian, spokesman for the DA's Office, told the Chron. “Additionally, there are other key facts that are still unknown.”

Despite the lack of confirmed identification of the victim, a source reportedly told the Chronicle that police were investigating whether the victim could be 58-year-old Omar Shahwan, a friend and former roommate of Andrus who has been missing for several days. 

The medical examiner was waiting for DNA test results that included samples from Shahwan’s family.

[via SF Gate]

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