Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mark Andrus: Man Arrested in Dismembered Body Case Dies

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 7:20 AM

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr last night confirmed that Mark Andrus, the man who was once a suspect linked to dismembered body case, has died.

According to authorities. Andrus admitted himself to a hospital on Saturday where he later died. 

"We cannot confirm cause of death or why he admitted himself to the hospital," says Sgt. Monica MacDonald.

Andrus was arrested after police located a suitcase filled with body parts outside a Goodwill Store in the SOMA neighborhood. Surveillance footage of the area led police to Andrus, who was later arrested on suspicion of murder. Police would not say what they saw in the surveillance that linked 59-year-old Andrus to the crime. 

A few days after his arrest, Andrus was released from jail after prosecutors declined to file charges, saying there just wasn't enough evidence to charge Andrus with the murder. 

Meanwhile, the Medical Examiner's Office has yet to identify the body, which has proven a difficult task, considering the head and hands were missing from the torso found inside the rolling suitcase. That makes it impossible for the coroner to identify the body via dental records or fingerprints. 

The Chron recently reported that police were looking into whether the body was that of 58-year-old Omar Shahwan, a friend and former roommate of Andrus who has been missing for several days prior to the gruesome discovery. Shahwan's family has agreed to provide DNA samples to assist authorities. 

Police have no other suspects at this time. 

  • Pin It

About The Author

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2


Comments are closed.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"