VIDEO: Man Released in Suitcase Murder Case

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A man arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a dismembered body found in San Francisco has been released, according to police.

San Francisco prosecutors are declining to file charges pending further investigation, officials said.

Mark Andrus was taken into custody Friday at the apartment of Mark Keever. Police had been looking for him as a person of interest since a suitcase stuffed with human remains was found in the South of Market.

District attorney’s office spokesman Alex Bastian said this afternoon that prosecutors were “very disturbed” by the facts of the case, but “given the current state of the evidence, there is insufficient evidence to charge this suspect with murder.”

Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose office planned to represent Andrus, said “we are relieved” to find out he is not being charged.

Police say that the remains found inside the suitcase belonged to an unidentified light-skinned male.

The suitcase was originally reported as a suspicious package at around 4:14 p.m. on January 28th.

A person approached a nearby officer and mentioned the suitcase. When the officer examined the suitcase, a dismembered body was found inside.

Responding officers immediately shut down 11th Street to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic from Market to Howard, and on Mission Street from Van Ness to 10th Street.

Officers canvased the surrounding area and located more human remains, according to police.

The exact time the suitcase was brought to 11th Street is under investigation.

Police are asking the public that may have witnessed any suspicious activity to call SFPD.

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