SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)– San Francisco police are confirming the person of interest in the San Francisco dismembered body case has died.
According to San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, Mark Andrus died after being admitted to a hospital. Suhr could not confirm the cause of death or why Andrus admitted himself to the hospital.
San Francisco Deputy Public Defender Jeff Adachi issued a statement on the death of Andrus on Sunday.
“I am sorry to learn that Mark Andrus died Saturday morning at San Francisco General Hospital. During the short time I represented Mark, I found him to be a kind and engaging person,” Adachi said.
Andrus was taken into police custody on Jan. 30 on suspicion of murder two days after police discovered a dismembered body inside of a suitcase in San Francisco.
Police originally reported the suitcase as a suspicious package at around 4:14 p.m. after 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.
Police say that the remains found inside the suitcase belonged to an unidentified light-skinned male.
The exact time the suitcase was brought to 11th Street is under investigation.
San Francisco prosecutors declined to file charges against Andrus and he was released from police custody on February 3.