VIDEO: San Bruno police decline to link dismembered body found in a residence to missing person case

50-year-old David Stubblefield
50-year-old David Stubblefield


SAN BRUNO (KRON) — San Bruno Police held a news conference with updates regarding the dismembered body found Thursday in a San Bruno home.

Just before 11:00 a.m. Thursday, officers found what appeared to be a human body in the 3000 block of Pacific Heights Blvd. while responding to reports of a missing person, according to police.

Police are now investigating the incident as a homicide, and one person is in custody.

50-year-old David Stubblefield was arrested in connection with the crime.

As of Friday morning, the body had not been identified as the same person in the initial missing person’s report.

Police said it is unclear if the missing person’s case is related to the dismembered body but they are leaving it an open investigation.

The missing person is associated with a separate home in the 3000 block of Pacific Heights Boulevard, but officers are still determining whether the person lives at the home.

The missing person is an alleged acquaintance of suspect Stubblefield, of San Bruno, police said. The missing person was reported missing on March 29.

Police took Stubblefield into custody after officers went to his home just before 11 a.m. Thursday at 3781 Pacific Heights Blvd. as part of the missing person’s case.

Both homes are crime scenes. Detectives, crime lab technicians, and coroner’s personnel are processing evidence at both, Chief Ed Barberini said at a news conference.

“This an arduous task,” Barberini said.

But investigators hope to finish collecting evidence Friday evening.

Part of the dismembered body was allegedly found in Stubblefield’s backyard and part was allegedly found inside Stubblefield’s home, Barberini said.

Police are not sure whether Stubblefield was living alone.

Stubblefield was cooperative with officers when he was taken into custody and he was taken to the police station to be interviewed.

At the station, he was arrested and late Thursday night was taken to the county jail on suspicion of homicide, robbery, burglary, the illegal use and possession of tear gas and possessing a gun as a felon.

Stubblefield allegedly has a criminal history, according to Barberini.

The chief said the county coroner will release the name of the person found dead once the person has been identified and the person’s family has been notified.

Barberini said he could not confirm whether a whole body was found.

Although a person has been found, the missing person case remains open, Barberini said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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